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Big West Roundup: Tuesday’s scores

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Cal-State Fullerton 80, Southern Utah 66

No chance was given to a Southern Utah (0-4) team that showed up with practically no one in their stands. This was a game the Titans (3-1) had to win. The Titans are now 6-0 against the Thunderbirds.

SUU sophomore guard James McGee from Orange County’s Mater Dei High School was the star for the Thunderbirds scoring with 18 points.

With the help of McGee the thunder for SUU came to life early in the game, when it tied the game at 20 at the 15 minute mark.

Later lost its momentum when junior Titans’ guard Tre Coggins put up 12 points in the first half then erupted the second half and finished with 25 points. Coggins hit 5 of 9 from the three point mark and was 7 of 14 overall.

The Titans found help from another 20-point scorer in freshman guard Khalil Ahmad. Ahmad was flawless from three point land, hitting all four of his attempts.

Another double-digit scorer for the Titans was senior guard Malcolm Brooks who scored 10 or more points in each of the first four games and led the Titans in scoring with 16 in its last game against San Diego.

All guards, Coggins, Ahmad and Brooks are the only players on the Fullerton roster that are averaging double figures in scoring this season.

Up next for Fullerton is the Nevada Wolfpack on Saturday at 6 p.m.

UC Riverside 81, Delaware State 55

A dominate UC Riverside (3-1) squad, out worked Delaware State (0-5) all night in muscle plays. The freshman out of the Netherlands, center Menno Dijkstra appeared oversize for the Hornets, his 7-foot frame allowed only five offensive rebounds from DS.

Dijkstra left the 6-foot-9-inch center of the Hornets, freshman Demola Onifade with zero offensive rebounds. Dijkstra put up 7 points and grabbed 15 total rebounds.

The Highlanders had a pair of guards lead the team in scoring, senior Jaylen Bland and junior Gentry Thomas each scored 16 points.

This was the second game of the Roundball Showcase, a six team, four-game series of games taking place over a span of eight days.

The remaining games left in the Roundball for Riverside are Nov. 27 at Rice, 5 p.m. PT and at Lamar on Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. PT.

Sacramento State 84, UC Davis 79

Sacramento State (4-0) remains undefeated as it handed Davis the second tough loss of the season which went into the last minute of play.

Davis took the 20 minute drive to SS and lost the first game of the traditional cross town rivalry, the Causeway Classic.

A tough loss is what fueled UC Davis (2-2) early this season. After going down in the season opener in overtime, Davis fired back with back-to-back wins.

A double-double from senior Aggies forward Josh Fox, who picked up 18 rebounds on 16 points and Darius Graham who had 18 points proved to be not enough.

Include a Davis team high of Bryton Lemar who had 21 points for the Aggies and you have disappointment. Lemar gave the lead to the Aggies when he hit a three with 5:39 left in the game, 69-66.

Senior Hornets guard Cody Demps had the final say as he swished seven straight free throws in the final minutes of play. With a game high of 22 points, Demps drained 14 of 19 free throws.

The Hornets have their best start since the 1999-2000 season, the second Causeway Classic game will take place at Davis, Dec. 2 at 7:05 p.m. PT.

Davis travels to Utah Valley for its next game on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. PT.

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