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VALLEY/VENTURA COUNTY SPORTS

Southland Roundup

January 25, 1998|LON EUBANKS

Pacific 86, Cal State Fullerton 68--Center Michael Olowokandi, a probable NBA first-round draft choice and one of 30 players on the list of Wooden Award candidates, scored 21 points, blocked five shots and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Tigers to the Big West victory before 4,711 at the Spanos Center in Stockton.

It was Pacific's 26th consecutive victory at home. The victory left Pacific (11-8, 4-2) alone in first place in the Big West's Western Division with Fullerton falling to 7-9, 2-4. The Titans are 2-7 on the road.

Fullerton used a 2-3 zone that helped hold Long Beach center Andrew Betts to two points on Thursday. But it didn't slow Olowokandi.

"We weren't able to contain his size and strength," Titan Coach Bob Hawking said. "He's a dominant force to contend with. They were able to establish him early. That set the tone of the game, and opened up other things for them."'

Pacific shot 59.2% and made 14 of 24 three-point shots. Reserve guard Clay McKnight, who transferred from UC Irvine, made six of seven three-point shots and finished with 20 points.

Chris Dade, the Titans' top scorer, wasn't back at anything approaching full strength after having four teeth pulled earlier in the week. Dade played only 18 minutes, scoring six points.

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