NCAAB Game Recap - Cal State Fullerton at UCLA
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Lou
70
KY
78
F(OT)
Brown
50
Duke
75
F
NOrl
55
Mem
97
F
ULMo
36
Butl
67
F
CAPoly
57
SDSU
73
F
N AL
71
FlaSt
88
F
(N/A)
46
MorSt
102
F
YSU
83
IUPUI
73
F
Piedm
47
WCU
108
F
CenMI
62
Purd
97
F
Amer
60
GTown
80
F
LongB
63
Fla
102
F
(N/A)
53
Mercer
104
F
WIMil
64
NoKY
74
F
StPet
67
Hamp
70
F
Wisc
68
Tenn
48
F
Buck
59
LaSal
71
F
CenAR
54
Marq
106
F
Toled
66
Brad
78
F
(N/A)
49
UAB
82
F
WIGB
84
WriSt
90
F
NE
61
Tows
45
F
Charl
76
Drex
65
F
Maris
54
Colum
69
F
E MI
49
UNLV
64
F
TXSo
81
AzSt
98
F
PaulQ
62
SFA
94
F
Detr
69
Oakl
78
F
E OR
61
UtSt
129
F
(N/A)
64
TexSA
99
F
Fairf
66
Wagn
54
F
Longw
65
GrgWas
78
F
E WA
79
Web
77
F
(N/A)
62
ColSt
87
F
Mobil
47
SthAL
76
F
FlInt
62
Minn
89
F
Hof
82
JMU
76
F
E KY
74
ECU
82
F
Clev
66
IL-C
71
F
(N/A)
84
LongI
125
F
(N/A)
73
ArkSt
84
F
CS-Ful
77
UCLA
74
F
(N/A)
65
UtVal
80
F
CarBi
56
JacSt
120
F
(N/A)
34
UNCG
106
F
N CO
65
PorSt
69
F
(N/A)
52
ChaSo
108
F
(N/A)
54
Crei
91
F
(N/A)
68
Wyo
82
F
Sac
51
MTSt
66
F
CSNor
72
Bois
103
F
TxWes
64
N TX
102
F
Niag
57
Syr
71
F
UNCW
68
Del
82
F
Belm
79
W Ky
62
F
Seatt
58
StMar
84
F
CmbTN
46
Murr
81
F
Pepp
68
SJSU
83
F
UCRiv
60
Fres
57
F
NoAZ
72
Mont
79
F
Ida
60
IdaSt
62
F
Oral
73
BYU
79
F
Morg
74
LoyMa
71
F
(N/A)
75
CBap
92
F
Pacif
56
UCIrv
69
F

Dec 28, 2019, 5:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Cal State Fullerton (4-10)

33

44

77

UCLA (7-6)

33

41

74

Cal State Fullerton upsets UCLA 77-74
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:15 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA coach Mick Cronin made no secret of his distaste for his team’s defense or disposition following a shocking 77-74 upset loss to Cal State Fullerton.

The Bruins (7-6) fell behind by 14 points in the second half to a team that had won just three games all season and rallied but couldn’t stop the Titans’ hot outside shooting that led to 14 3-pointers.

“I apologize to our fans for our defensive effort once again,” Cronin said. “Our metrics are horrible. You can’t defend, you can’t win. ... if you hold the ball long enough, we’ll break down. We’re not good enough to win with offense. We have to win with defense. I apologize to people that took the time out of their Saturday that had to come and watch this. Our defensive effort is beyond sickening. Beyond sickening. Sickening at the highest level.”

Wayne Arnold had 19 points - including four 3-pointers - off the bench for Cal State Fullerton and Jackson Rowe added 17 as the Titans had another program-building victory on Saturday.

This was the first time Cal State Fullerton (4-10) beat a Power Five school since December 2011 when it won at Utah.

The Titans shot 58.3% from 3-point range and 50.9% from the field.

“I liked our shot selection. We we had an emphasis on paint-touch, in-rhythm shots and our group bought into that,” Titans coach Dedrique Taylor said. “We were consistent in that. Very few came from a first-side shot. Everything was paint-touch, in rhythm 3s. We were consistent, even when things weren’t going our way, it was about the process of getting a good shot, not taking and making a bad shot.”

Tyger Campbell scored 18 points for UCLA.

Austen Awosika made a floater in the lane with 22 seconds left to extend the Titans lead to 77-74. Jake Kyman missed a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left. Awosika missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw, but later made the game-clinching steal to end the game in the final seconds.

The Big West Conference Titans beat the Bruins on their home floor, providing another signature win for the program. It’s the second time in school history the Titans beat the Bruins.

“It means a tremendous amount to them because we’ve been through some adverse times,” Taylor said. “For the first time all year, we’ve had almost our full roster. We’re still missing one guy but it shows when you do get healthy, what we’re capable of.”

UCLA worked its way back into the game and went on a 17-0 run to take over the lead at 68-65, with Campbell's 3-pointer putting UCLA back on top after it had fallen behind at 65-51.

The Bruins (7-6) have lost three consecutive games. This was their last nonconference game.

In the second half, the Titans went on a 15-1 run to build a 55-45 lead. During that run, UCLA called a timeout and then turned the ball over in the backcourt. The Titans shot the ball well from the outside and inside.

The Bruins returned home after losing their last two games, at Norte Dame and a neutral site game against North Carolina. Still, UCLA struggled against Fullerton, which last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2018.

For Cronin, it wasn’t just the defense that drew his ire.

“I’ve talked about it before and I talked about it over the holiday break. We need to get some humility,” Cronin said. “It’s my opinion that some of it's youth and some of its arrogance for no reason. Our fate isn’t going to change until we get some humility ... If all you're worried about is getting 12 points, regardless of the outcome for our team, it’s going to continue. My message was, at what point are they going to challenge each other? I can only do so much.”

He then said he might have to ask football coach Chip Kelly if he could be loaned a couple of guys for his post defense.

UCLA is 10-2 all-time against Cal State Fullerton.

The Bruins shot just 27.3% from 3-point range in the first half.

Cal State Fullerton shot no free throws in the first half.

BIG PICTURE

CS Fullerton: The Titans played well, breaking UCLA’s press and shooting well from outside. They should forget their overall record and concentrate on strengths as they approach a new season of conference play soon.

UCLA: The Bruins have found, once again, there is plenty to figure out defensively before Pac-12 Conference play begins.

THE BILL WALTON EFFECT

Bill Walton, who broadcast the game for the Pac-12 Network, was at Cal State Fullerton’s practice on Saturday. Taylor thought that was cool but didn’t think any of his players were star-struck.

“We had Bill Walton in our gym yesterday and that’s unheard of,” Taylor said. “The experience of what these guys are going through, good and bad, we hope will continue to teach lifelong lessons. He’s one of the best, if not the best, to play the game. Unfortunately, some of our guys had never seen him play so we had to tell them who he was. You know how millennials are. They’re not amazed by much, especially if it’s not tangible. I think in time they’ll appreciate the experience of meeting him and who he is.”

QUICK RETURN

UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. suffered what appeared to be a right leg injury in the second half. He had to be helped off the court, didn’t put any pressure on his right leg, and went straight to the locker room. He returned to the game.

UP NEXT

CS Fullerton: Hosts St. Katherine Friday in its final game before Big West Conference play begins.

UCLA: Plays at Washington on Thursday in its Pac-12 Conference opener.

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Leaders

Cal State Fullerton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Venzant 0 0 0 1 0 0
W. Arnold 19 0 1 1 0 0
UCLA PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Singleton 0 0 0 0 1 0
A. Olesinski 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

CS-Ful UCLA
Points For 77 74
Field Goals 29/57-51% 27/62-44%
Three Pointers 14/24-58% 5/20-25%
Free Throws 5/8-62% 15/18-83%
Offensive Rebounds 5 14
Defensive Rebounds 23 25
Rebounds 32 40
Blocks 1 3
Steals 5 6
Turnovers 11 12
Personal Fouls 16 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - CS-Ful Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 28 CS-Ful 77 @ UCLA 74 J. Wang 2 J. Kyman 5

Game Information

Stadium: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 6,418
Game Time: