Titans dominate Occidental

The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team came out strong as they were able to easily beat the Tigers of Occidental 97-59 Saturday night at Titan Gym.

Junior guard Devon Peltier came off the bench and led all scorers with 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field, including 5 of 9 from the three-point line.

“Coach gave the green light tonight and after making my first shot, every shot after that felt like water,” Peltier said.

Peltier added that they had better ball movement and ball pressure was the key to tonight’s win.

Junior center Bryce Webster contributed with 16 points, junior forward Jer'Vaughn Johnson added 13 points and senior guard Aaron Thompson added 8 points.

“We played good tonight. We accomplished a lot from the defensive side,” said Thompson.

Thompson added that they executed well and being able to play the bench built up a lot of the guys’ confidence.

Eight minutes into the game, the Titans went on a huge 13-0 run to take a  22-5 lead on the Tigers. The run was started by a three-pointer by senior guard Aaron Thompson.

The next possession down, junior center Bryce Webster had an easy layup, got fouled and made the free throw for a three-point play.

Johnson had a layup, sophomore forward Orane Chin knocked down a three-pointer and  Peltier capped off the run.

The Tigers tried to claw themselves back into the game, but CSUF kept scoring point after point. Eleven minutes into the half, everyone on the court had contributed to another streak; this time an 11-0 run.

Webster had a layup and Chin hit two free throws, then Johnson made a couple of free throws. Thompson hit a jumper, and following his score, Peltier knocked down a three-pointer to give the Titans a comfortable 38-12 lead with about 6 minutes left in the half.

The Titans’ thirst for points grew from another 11-0 run with 3 minutes left in the half, the lead ballooned up to 58-19 at the end of the first half.

The Titans as a team shot 21-30 (70 percent) from the field and 10-15 (67 percent) from the three-point line, compared to the Tigers who shot 7-22 (32 percent) and 1-4 (25 percent) from the three-point line.

Peltier led the Titans in points at the half with 14 on 5 of 6 attempts.

Johnson added 11 points, while Webster and Thompson each added eight points by halftime.

The Tigers’ leading scorer at the half was Eric Leider with seven points but he shot poorly from the field.

In the second half, the Titans started off by scoring the first six points to extend their lead to 44 points. The Titans just kept pouring it on and were able to maintain a huge lead in the first few minutes of the second half.

Titan Head Coach Bob Burton had the opportunity to play everyone on the bench and give them some minutes on the floor to be able to contribute to the huge lead.

This gave Burton a feel of what players he could insert off the bench when there is a close game in the future and to find out which group of guys can work together off the bench

“What we needed to do was play good defense and we did that tonight,” said Burton. “We had three goals going into tonight: play defense, run our fast break and to move the ball.”

Burton also added that they played together as a team and played good defense.

The Titans will travel to Logan, Utah on Dec. 21 for the Basketball Travelers’ Tournament for three games.