Thursday afternoon, Cal State Fullerton's basketball team learned that senior point guard Kevin Henderson has a stress fracture in his foot as well as a sprained ankle and will be out for at least two more weeks. A few hours later, the Titans found out they could play well enough to win without him . . . for 40 minutes, anyway.
When it came down to overtime, however, Fullerton came up short, and New Mexico State pulled out a 68-61 victory before 2,465 fans at Titan Gym in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. opener.
Fullerton (7-6 overall) started by playing inspired defense, built a 13-point lead midway through the first half and never trailed in regulation. But all that inspiration seemed to vanish when the Aggies' Kenny Travis threw in a 20-foot fallaway ( falldown would be more accurate) three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 59-59.
New Mexico State (6-3) made the most of the momentum. The Aggies got their first lead on a Travis free throw after he was fouled while trying to grab the tip on the jump ball. They increased it to two points on a Pierre Smith free throw with 2:38 left.