When Cal State Long Beach's DeAnthony Langston hit a short baseline jumper to send Saturday's game into overtime, Cal State Fullerton's basketball team had to be experiencing a sickening feeling of deja vu.
Thursday night, Fullerton lost a 13-point lead over New Mexico State and then its Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. opener when the Aggies rallied for a 68-61 overtime win.
Saturday's game at Titan Gym was beginning to look like a not-so-instant replay. But the Titans, who blew a 16-point second-half advantage this time, bounced back in overtime and came away with an 85-80 conference win before a crowd of 1,327. Fullerton is 1-1 in the PCAA and 8-6 overall. Long Beach is 0-1 in the conference and 4-8 overall.
A couple of weeks ago, when the Titans were 7-3 and had averaged 93 points in five straight wins, the idea of splitting their first two conferences games--both at home against probable second-division opponents--was not to be considered a possibility. In the Titans' defense, however, they are not the same team since Dec. 21, when senior point guard Kevin Henderson, who was averaging 20 points a game, went down with a sprained ankle/broken foot that will keep him out of action for at least three more games.