Austen Awosika scored two of his 15 points on a floater that sealed a stunning win for Cal State Fullerton over UCLA, 77-74, Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.
Awosika’s hanging basket in the paint with 23 seconds remaining extended the Titans’ late lead to three points, providing the necessary cushion after Cal State Fullerton nearly squandered a double-digit lead down the stretch.
The Titans (4-10), who came into Pauley Pavilion on a seven-game losing streak, went back and forth with the Bruins throughout the first half and for the early minutes of the second.
A 25-7 run that spanned more than six minutes put Cal State Fullerton ahead by 14 points.
UCLA (7-6) responded with 17 unanswered points, retaking the lead when Tyger Campbell — who scored a career-high 18 points — made a 3-pointer with 4:54 remaining.
Awosika provided the answer. His 3-pointer just 27 seconds later tied the game, then another from Davon Clare after a free throw pushed the Titans ahead by four points.
UCLA could never bridge the gap.
Wayne Arnold led Cal State Fullerton with 19 points. He was one of four Titans to score in double figures, joined by Jackson Rowe with 17 points (plus a game-high 11 rebounds), Awosika with his clutch 15 points and Brandon Kamga with 13. Clare added nine points.
Kamga hit the last of 14 Titans 3-pointers with 1:58 left, which extended the Cal State Fullerton advantage to five points. The Titans shot a blistering 58.3 percent from behind the 3-point line, more than enough to make up for getting to the free-throw line for just eight attempts.
In contrast, UCLA went 15 of 18 from the foul line, but shot a dreadful 5-for-20 from long range one game after firing only 4-for-21 on 3-pointers in their previous game, a 74-64 loss against North Carolina. Campbell, who went 3-for-7 from behind the arc, was the only Bruin to make more than one 3-point attempt.
Cody Riley and Jamie Jaquez Jr. joined Campbell in double-figure scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Jalen Hill added eight points and 10 rebounds.
—Field Level Media