The Mustangs’ Jordan Lewis made a 3-pointer to tie the game with 5.2 seconds remaining, but Streeter answered at the other end, banking in a right-wing runner from barely inside the arc as time expired. Streeter finished with 21 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Cal State Fullerton coach Bob Burton praised Streeter for his defense on Cal Poly scoring leader Lorenzo Keeler after forwards Aaron Thompson and Gerard Anderson got into foul trouble. The Titans held Keeler to 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting.
“Jacques not only made great plays offensively, but he stepped up and did a great job on Keeler,” Burton said. “The other guys (Thompson and Anderson) got in foul trouble. Jacques was our third option.”
The Titans were third in the Big West Conference at 8-6 entering the week. They were two games behind second-place Pacific and one game ahead of fourth-place UC Davis. Long Beach State and Cal Poly are a half-game behind the Aggies at 7-8.
The Titans needed one more victory as of March 2 to assure themselves of a third- or fourth-place finish and a first-round bye in the Big West tournament. They had a remote chance of finishing second if they could win both remaining games while Pacific lost its last two games.
The Tigers and Titans would tie for second at 10-6 under that scenario. The No. 2 seed in the Big West tournament would go to whichever team holds the tiebreaker advantage. The top two seeds earn double byes into the semifinals.
• With the victory over Cal Poly on Feb. 24, coach Bob Burton tied former coach George McQuarn for second with 122 victories at Cal State Fullerton. Burton was 122-89 in seven seasons with the Titans as of March 2. The late Alex Omalev holds the school record with 139 wins.
• The Titans have turned into road warriors after losing six of their first seven games away from Titan Gym. They have won their last five road games, including a 113-112 triple-overtime win over Cal State Northridge on Feb. 13 and the 70-68 thriller against Cal Poly on Feb. 24.
• Big West Conference teams went 7-2 in BracketBusters games on Feb. 20, the best record among the eight conferences that had all of their teams entered in the event. It was the Big West’s best showing in the five years that each of its members has participated in the BracketBusters series. Cal State Fullerton beat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 78-74, helping the Big West go 3-2 in home games.
On The Spot: Everybody enjoys a good triple-overtime thriller or a winning basket at the buzzer, but the Titans are making games closer than they should be. They are sixth in the Big West Conference in turnovers and last in turnover margin. They committed 16 turnovers in a 70-68 victory over Cal Poly on Feb. 24 and 21 turnovers in a 113-112 triple-overtime victory over Cal State Northridge on Feb. 13.
Quote To Note: “It was a terrific win, a great win on the road. We played a great game, and I would have said that win or lose.”—Cal State Fullerton coach Bob Burton, following 70-68 victory over Cal Poly.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
Season Recap: Cal State Fullerton dropped three consecutive Big West Conference games in mid-January, including a disappointing home loss to Cal State Northridge, but since then the Titans have been one of the conference’s most consistent teams. They had won seven of their last nine games as of March 2 and stood an excellent chance of securing a first-round bye in the Big West tournament.
Player Rotation: Usual Starters—G Jacques Streeter, G Aaron Thompson, F Gerard Anderson, F JerVaughn Johnson, C Bryce Webster. Key Subs—G Devon Peltier, F Orane Chin, F Papa Guisse, G Jamal McGuire.
- UC Santa Barbara 73, Cal State Fullerton 65
- Cal State Fullerton 78, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 74
- Cal State Fullerton 70, Cal Poly 68
- vs. Pacific, Thursday, March 4
- vs. UC Davis, Saturday, March 6
In Focus: Cal State Fullerton was set to host second-place Pacific on March 4 before concluding the regular season against UC Davis on March 6. The Titans will try to do a better job against junior G Demetrece Young, who scored 22 points on 6-of-7 shooting to help the Tigers beat the Titans, 80-73, on Jan. 21. Aaron Thompson and Orane Chin each had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Titans.
• Senior F Gerard Anderson has played with a greater sense of urgency in recent weeks. In the five games leading up to the final week of the regular season, Anderson averaged 19 points and 8.6 rebounds, well above his respective season averages of 11.1 and 6.2. Anderson had a season-high 25 points against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 13 and a season-high 12 rebounds against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Feb. 20.
• Senior F Aaron Thompson leads the Big West Conference in 3-point shooting at 50 percent, but he’s more than simply a spot-up shooter. As of March 2, he was 12th in the Big West in scoring (11.8 point per game), seventh in free-throw percentage (75.0) and steals (1.1), tied for seventh in blocked shots (0.7), tied for ninth in rebounds (6.1) and tied for 10th in assists (2.5).
• Sophomore PG Jacques Streeter also ranked among the Big West leaders in a number of categories. He was first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), second in assists (4.8) and minutes (34.3), and 14th in scoring (11.6).