Cal State Fullerton and U.S. International University hooked up in a single nonconference game Wednesday night, but the 1,647 fans in attendence at Titan Gym must have gone home feeling as if they'd seen a doubleheader.
In the first half, USIU's zone defense forced the Titans into some ragged play. In the second half, Fullerton just plain ran USIU ragged on its way to a 117-94 win, the second-highest scoring game in Fullerton history.
USIU made 19 of 20 first-half free throws, and the game was tied, 45-45, at halftime. Fullerton Coach George McQuarn was not exactly pleased with his team's normally aggressive man-to-man defense and switched to a zone in the second half.
Titan forward Henry Turner, who got his second straight start and responded with 14 points and 19 rebounds, started to explain the difference between the halves with, "Well, after we had our little halftime talk..."
Senior Kerry Boagni broke in and said, "I wouldn't exactly describe it as a talk."
Forward Dwayne Cross led USIU with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Carl Chenault added 19 points.