Titans Come From Behind

The Cal State Fullerton's men's basketball team rallied for an 84-73 win against the Aggies of New Mexico State Tuesday night at Titan Gym.

Senior guard Aaron Thompson led all scorers with 22 points on 7 of 10 shooting.

“It’s a good way to start the season, and coach told us to be aggressive; we had open shots but could not convert,” Thompson said.

Thompson added that playing together as a team helped them get back into the game.

Sophomore guard Jacques Streeter contributed with 20 points.

He kept the Titans in the game by hitting crucial three-pointers.

“Keep being aggressive and play together is what coach said to motivate us during the game,” Streeter said.

Streeter also added that he and senior forward Gerard Anderson got everyone together to keep the team focused.

Sophomore center Hamidu Rahman and junior guard Jahmar Young led the Aggies in terms of scoring; both had 19 points apiece, but they shot poorly from the field.

The Titans had trouble scoring a the beginning of the game, only hitting one of their first 14 shots of the game.

The Aggies took advantage of this and went on a 20-0 run to take a double digit lead, as the Titans could not score.

Sophomore guard Jacques Streeter drives to the basketball against the Aggies. Photo by Lucio Villa/For the Daily Titan.

Sophomore guard Jacques Streeter drives to the basketball against the Aggies. Photo by Lucio Villa/For the Daily Titan.

The Titans finally were able to end the run when junior center Bryce Webster hit a jumper with just over nine minutes left in the half.

This sparked an 8-0 run for the Titans, making the overall score 25-11 and forcing the opposing team to take a timeout.

As the first half progressed, the Titans went on an 11-0 run in a two minute stretch where they hit three consecutive three-pointers.

At the half, the Titans shot 38 percent from the field and 27 percent from the three-point line, compared to the Aggies who shot 44 percent from the field and 33 percent from the three-point line.

The Titans trailed the Aggies 37-33 at the half. Thompson led the Titans in scoring with eight points on three of six shooting.

Redshirt junior forward Jer’Vaughn Johnson added seven points and Anderson added six points in the half.

The Aggies’ leading scorer at the half was Young who had nine points.

Senior forward Gerard Anderson fights for the rebound against a %%MATCH_6%% player. Photo by Lucio Villa.

Senior forward Gerard Anderson fights for the rebound against a %%MATCH_7%% State player. Photo by Lucio Villa/For the Daily Titan.

In the second half, the Titans went on a 10-0 run in the first minute of the half and took their first lead of the game 38-37 on a three-pointer by Thompson.

The second half consisted of mini runs for the Titans as they went on an 8-0 run to put them up by double digits 51-40.

They then went on a 9-0 run in a one minute span which increased their lead to 18.

The Aggies were down double digits but did not go down without a fight as they started to full-court press the Titans, which worked, and they went on a 6-0 run to trim the deficit to 74-70.

That is as close as they got as Anderson sealed the victory with a two-handed dunk.

“Having a long layoff since the win against %%MATCH_10%%, I was nervous about us, the rust, and it got to us tonight in the first half,” said Head Coach Bob Burton.

Burton added that at halftime he told his guys to relax on the court and just play basketball.

He said the crowd got them back into the game.

The Titans’ next game will be on Friday, Dec. 4, against Central %%MATCH_8%% in the Stephen F. Austin Tournament in Nacogdoches, %%MATCH_9%%.