The California State University, Fullerton Titans men’s basketball team defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 70-65 in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night at Titan Gym in Fullerton, California.
The Titans (2-0) led for most of the game, but the Golden Eagles (1-1) pulled within 68-65 with 40 seconds remaining. However, the Titans made two free throws to seal the victory.
Cal State Fullerton guard DaJuan Gordon led all scorers with 23 points. Guard Elijah Hardy added 15 points, and forward E.J. Anosike had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Southern Miss guard Tyree Griffin led the Golden Eagles with 18 points. Forward Jabari Smith added 14 points, and guard Isaiah Jones had 10 points.
The Titans made 44.4% of their shots from the field, including 38.1% from three-point range. The Golden Eagles made 42.3% of their shots from the field, including 32.3% from three-point range.
The Titans controlled the boards, outrebounding the Golden Eagles 41-32.
The Titans will next play at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, November 25. The Golden Eagles will next play at Louisiana Tech on Saturday, November 25.
- The Titans won their second consecutive game to start the season.
- DaJuan Gordon led the Titans with 23 points.
- Southern Miss was led by Tyree Griffin’s 18 points.
- The Titans outrebounded the Golden Eagles 41-32.
The Titans had a strong performance in their home opener, defeating a tough Southern Miss team. DaJuan Gordon was a difference-maker for the Titans, scoring 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Elijah Hardy also had a solid game, scoring 15 points.
Southern Miss had a good shooting night, making 42.3% of their shots from the field. However, they were unable to overcome the Titans’ rebounding advantage.
The Titans will be looking to keep the momentum going when they face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.