Richard Morton, Eugene Jackson and Alexander Hamilton fouled out. Henry Turner was carried out. Derek Jones sat this one out, still trying to located his dislocated left shoulder.
By the end of Cal State Fullerton's 78-69, overtime loss to UC Irvine Saturday night in Bren Center, the Titans were left with players who have watched considerably more basketball than they have played this season. Because of a series of misfortunes, some of them self-imposed, the Titans were undermanned in overtime, and paid the ultimate price.
Fullerton Coach George McQuarn knew he would be without Jones, the junior forward who suffered a dislocated shoulder in Thursday's loss to Nevada Las Vegas. What he didn't know is that the Titans would reach and grab their way to 14 first-half fouls, and 28 by game's end. Or that Turner, his leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, would end up writhing in pain directly in front of him, his left ankle throbbing.
Turner was injured when he and teammate Vincent Blow went in the air for a loose ball, and Blow apparently came down on Turner's ankle. He was eventually carried off the floor and left the arena on crutches with a badly sprained left ankle. X-rays will determine how long he will join Jones on the Titans' newly formed disabled list. "It's really bad," McQuarn said. "We'll know how bad tomorrow."