March 22, 2013 |
I love the Big West Conference, going back to its days as the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. when Lew Cryer was commissioner and Nevada Las Vegas was a national power. I still drink coffee out of a PCAA mug that was a media gift from the 1985 tournament held at the Fabulous Forum. I was a student at current Big West member Cal State Fullerton in 1978 when the Titans came within a shot of making the Final Four. I traveled the road as UC Irvine's basketball beat writer in the early 1980s with Bill Mulligan, the school's quote-machine coach.
February 4, 2012 |
at Long Beach State 75, Cal State Northridge 67: Larry Anderson led five 49ers in double figures with 16 points as Long Beach (17-6, 10-0 Big West) pulled away in the second half for its 18th consecutive conference win and 19th in a row at home. The Matadors fell to 6-15, 2-8. at Cal State Fullerton 99, UC Santa Barbara 86: Kwame Vaughn scored 37 points, making five of seven three-pointers, to lead the Titans (15-7, 7-3 Big West) over the Gauchos (12-8, 7-3), who got 28 points from Orlando Johnson.
March 13, 2011 |
Cal State Fullerton once came within a basket of reaching the NCAA Final Four ? just ask any aging Titans fan. Long Beach State once scared the bejesus out of UCLA in a regional final ? a John Wooden-coached UCLA team. And Nevada Las Vegas once won a national title ? a generation ago. The Big West Conference's best days are becoming a once-upon-a-time tale, something that UC Santa Barbara players know as they prepare to play 12th-ranked Florida in the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday in Tampa.
March 11, 1996 |
With one improbable, awkward three-point jump shot from one improbable, awkward San Jose State Spartan, a beleaguered basketball conference went from Big West to Big Worst Case Scenario Sunday afternoon.
January 4, 1989
Fresno State 76, Utah State 72--Forward Jervis Cole scored 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to victory at Logan, Utah. It was the Big West opener for both schools. Fresno improved to 6-4 overall; Utah State is 2-8. Utah State was led by Darrel White with 22 points. The Aggies' leading scorer, Reid Newey, hit only 4 of 17 shots, including 3 3-pointers, but made 9 of 10 free throws and ended the night with 20 points, 19 coming in the first half.
January 6, 1997 |
* BOISE STATE (4-5, 0-0) at LONG BEACH STATE (4-5, 0-0) * Time--7:30 p.m. Long Beach State limps into its conference opener confused and shaken by its horrible road play. Undefeated at home, the 49ers will be without starting point guard Tommie Davis, suspended for tonight's game by the conference for elbowing the back of a Montana player's head during an 80-70 loss at Missoula, Mont., on Dec. 21. Boise State is making its Big West debut.