Titans Split Last Two Home Games

It was a historic night for Bobby Brown as the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team defeated UC Santa Barbara 79-73, in front of 1,448 fans at the Titan Gym in Fullerton on Thursday night.

The Titan point guard had 29 points, eight assists and a career- high nine rebounds making him the all-time scoring leader at Cal State Fullerton with 1,879 points. Leon Wood was the previous points leader at 1,876 points.

It was a hard fought battle and the game came down to the wire as Alex Harris had 35 points and eight rebounds for Santa Barbara. Titan guard Marcus Crenshaw had a career high of his own adding 23 points, making 6-13 from long distance.

The Titans were in high spirits following the game, in which they snapped their two-game mini skid. Coach Bob Burton was particularly pleased with his point guard.

"This may be the best game he's [Brown] ever played here," Burton said. "Not only just shooting the ball and scoring, just the whole thing"

"It was a great night for him and a great night for him to do it [break the record] on a win that keeps us in second place."

The Titans were able to salvage their 13-point first-half lead as the Gauchos went on a 10-2 run to bring the game within three, 34-31, at halftime. Titan forward Scott Cutley was restricted to limited action in the first half, committing two personal fouls.

Brown started the game with three treys as he closed in on Leon Wood and scored 14 first-half points. Crenshaw had eight points by halftime, providing a much-needed scoring punch off the bench.

"Early in the game, I missed my first two shots, but they felt good," Crenshaw said. "I just felt confident."

The Titans watched their first- half lead diminish in the second half as they continued to struggle. Frank Robinson had two first-half fouls and added two more fouls early in the second half, forcing him to watch from the sidelines.

Titan center Justin Burns kept the Titans in the game with his tenacious defense. Burns had five blocked shots. On one sequence, Burns rejected a Santa Barbara player and Ray Reed tried to save the ball, but ended up crashing into one of the Titan Cheerleaders.

With the Titans down two points with 14:44 left in the second half, Brown had an offensive foul which led to a Santa Barbara basket. Santa Barbara's biggest lead came at that juncture as they led Fullerton 44-40 with 14:14 to play.

Brown showed off a variety of moves, including a beautiful up and under lay-up. Even though there was a buzz in the stands, Brown was unaware he was closing in on the record.

"They were telling me I was two points away, I wasn't paying attention," Brown said. "I was staying focused trying to win"

"My mom was telling me I needed two points, I was like, 'two points for what?' I thought about it and was 'oh two more points? For real?'"

Even though Brown was closing in on the record and having a monster game, he kept his teammates involved. With 13:35 to play, Brown grabbed the rebound and dished it to Crenshaw for a three-pointer.

"He [Crenshaw] was hot and he told me 'LB, I'm not going to miss anymore,'" Brown said. "When someone tells you that, you go to them every time."

Brown tied the scoring record with 40 seconds to go in the game on a free throw.

Brown then hit his second free throw, eclipsing the record and adding two more free throws for good measure.

The PA announcer said that Brown had gotten the record, and the crowd gave a roaring applause.

"I can't even put it in words," Cutley said. "He's been putting in so much hard work here for four years, I'm just happy to see him break that record."

Burton wasn't fully aware about Brown breaking the record either.

"I had a feeling, but I was concerned that Alex Harris was going to break the school record and in one night go for about 1000 points," Burton said.

The Titans faced off against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Saturday and would have wrapped up second place in the Big West if they had won.

Unfortunately, CSUF was unable to guarantee second place in the Big West as the Titans lost to Cal Poly SLO, 90-80, in their final home game of the season.

Brown led the Titans with 26 points and guard Marcus Crenshaw added 20 points off the bench, including six treys.

The Titans are now 19-8 overall. They are still in second place with a 9-5 record in the Big West, but will fall to the No. 3 seed should Cal Poly SLO win both its home games next week against Cal State Northridge and Pacific.

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