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PCAA Roundup : Fullerton Loses, Faces Must-Win Game

February 28, 1986|JOHN WEYLER

Nothing has come easily for Cal State Fullerton's basketball team this season, but Thursday night the Titans suffered a critical setback, losing to the University of Pacific, 85-77, in overtime before 1,627 fans at Titan Gym.

The defeat meant that Fullerton must beat UC Irvine Saturday in the regular-season finale to qualify for the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. tournament. If the Titans (14-15 overall and 7-10 in the conference) lose, they'll miss the postseason event no matter what Utah State and UC Santa Barbara (both with 7-10 conference records) do in their last games, because both hold tiebreaker advantages over Fullerton.

Pacific (15-13, 8-9) gained a spot in the tournament with its victory.

The Titans appeared to have clinched the game and a spot in the tournament when they went ahead, 63-56, with 2:47 remaining in regulation. But UOP forward Rich Anema, who finished with a career-high 42 points, hit two straight three-pointers to close the gap to one (63-62) with 1:40 left.

Fullerton's Kevin Henderson and Richard Morton each made a pair of free throws sandwiched around a free throw by Pacific's Drew Rodgers to put the Titans up, 67-63, with 24 seconds left in regulation. Christian Gray scored on a layup for the Tigers with 11 seconds left, but Herman Webster put Fullerton ahead by three (68-65), making one of two free throws with seven seconds remaining.

Then Rodgers threw in a desperation 22-footer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

The Tigers took a 76-73 in overtime. Gray lost control of the ball on a drive, but it went right into the hands of Karlwin Matthews, who laid it in. UOP made 11 of 12 free throws in overtime to seal the win.

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