Cal State Fullerton vs UC Santa Barbara in Big West Tournament 2009

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March 11, 2009  

Akognon drops the biggest game of his career in a win against the Highlanders of UC Riverside. Fullerton's Quest for the 2009 NCAA Tournament Continues Tonight College Basketball Heats Up Out West By Danny Hauger After Josh Akognon's redemption Wednesday night with 37 points leading the Titans to victory, two more games separate the Titans from a repeat visit to the 2009 March Madness Tournament.

Akognon's 37 point performance included a record 9 three point baskets, and starter Ray Miller led the defensive stance which held Riverside to a stifled second half, as the Titans coasted to victory. The Orange Curtain in attendance had enough volume to compensate for a lack of class as vigorous taunts and chants of MVP for the #1 jersey in blue and orange.

Tonight's match-up brings UC Santa Barbara with a new set of challenges. UCSB finished 5th in conference, with an overall record of 15-14. Santa Barbara and Fullerton both had mediocre years in conference, but one game changing performance could likely be the difference tonight. The Big West Tournament is in full swing in Anaheim, California.

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Will Fullerton Rise to the Occasion of TItans? It's been a long, and at times frustrating journey for the Titans of Cal State Fullerton. After last year's success of sharing the Big West Conference league championship, making to the March Madness Tournament for the first time in 30 years, and watching alumni Bobby Brown succeed in the Big West NCAA Men's Basketball Kicks Off Tonight Date: March 12, 2009 Anaheim, CA United States of America ranks of professionals with the Sacramento Kings, expectations for this year were higher than ever in CSUF's history.

Such high expectations have sometimes placed a lens of doubt around this year's younger, and sometimes floundering squad. With individual talent sometimes surpassing the need for team play, the Titans have struggled to reamin at .500 and failed to protect their home court at Titan Gym. NBA talk over star senior Joshua Akognon has come and gone, and may spark again if the senior leader can rally his team starting tonight. Akognon is a rare find, a tremendous scorer with a great attitude on and off the court. He's a focused individual and has his head screwed on straight, though perhaps he should move it left or right and pass the ball off more often than fading away from 23 feet.

Team mate development from Jacques Streeter, Gerard Anderson, and Aaron Thompson have lately picked up a lot of responsibility sharing and the team has since developed a breadth of weapons to dissuade som of the pressure from their captain's shoulders. Shot blocker Ray Miller and Marcio Lassiter have also brought energy at times from the bench to make the difference in key wins this year.

Tonight's match-up against the Bruins of U.C. Riverside will test the team offense of Fullerton, which needs this game, and the Big West Tournament, if they want a shot at the big time this year, and if Akognon is to have a true chance of becoming an NBA draft pick.

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