Titans Defeat Westcliff 78-57

Photo Credit: Katie Albertson
Photo Credit: Katie Albertson

FULLERTON, Calif. — The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team defeated Westcliff 78-57 Tuesday night at Titan Gym.

"I think we did a good job rebounding tonight and getting to the free-throw line," said Cal State Fullerton head coach Dedrique Taylor. "We have a big road trip ahead of us and the guys know we need to keep getting better."

Grayson Carper paced the Titans with a Fullerton-career-high 13 points off the bench on 5-of-7 shooting to go with seven rebounds, three steals and an assist. Jalen Harris and Latrell Wrightsell Jr. contributed 12 points apiece, with Wrightsell Jr. adding six assists and four boards, while Garrison Wade had nine points and four rebounds. Lathaniel Bastian posted eight points and six boards while Tory San Antonio had eight points and five rebounds. 

As a team, Fullerton out-shot the Warriors 46.7% to 35.8% from the floor and out-rebounded Westcliff 40-29. The win is the Titans' fourth in a row and improves their record to 4-1 on the season. 

Fullerton jumped out to a 15-7 lead five minutes into the game, following back-to-back three-pointers from Garrison and Wrightsell Jr. The Titans increased their lead to 13, 23-10, with back-to-back jumpers from Harris, before a mid-range jumper and three from Carper capped a 10-0 run to put Fullerton up 31-10. 

Teams traded baskets throughout the remainder of the first half, with a Wrightsell jump shot and a pair of free throws from Bastian giving the Titans a commanding 44-19 lead at the break. Carper and Harris each had 10 points in half number one to lead Fullerton. 

San Antonio and Wrightsell Jr. each knocked down triples to give the Titans a 53-26 advantage early in the second half. Carper completed a three-point play after being fouled on a put-back and Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia hammered home a dunk off a Wrightsell dish to later put the Titans up 63-39. 

Bastian scored a put-back lay-in before hitting a jumper and Doumbia scored in the paint as Fullerton took a 72-52 advantage with 2:58 left. Doumbia finished things off with a dunk with a few seconds remaining and as the shot clock expired, bringing the final score to 78-57 for the Titans.

Fullerton travels next to North Dakota this weekend to take on Utah Tech and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The Titans will first matchup with Utah Tech on Saturday, November 26th, at 12:00 p.m. PT. 

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