Jackson Rowe scores 25 points to lead Cal State Fullerton beat Harvard
By Lou Ponsi
FULLERTON – Sophomore forward Jackson Rowe was 10 for 10 from the field and 5 for 5 from the free throw line, scoring a game-high 25 points, in Cal State Fullerton’s 70-61 victory over at the Harvard at the Wooden Legacy Tournament on Sunday at Cal State Fullerton.
Rowe’s perfect shooting from the field tied a 37-year old school record and led Fullerton (3-3) to a fifth-place finish in the eight-team tournament.
“I’m not really trying to score,” Rowe said. “I usually focus on rebounding, but when it goes in, it feels good.”
Due in large part to Rowe’s performance, the Titans shot 53.8 percent from the field, hitting 21 of 39 shots.
“I thought that our guys made an effort to get (Rowe) touches and he paid them for it,” Fullerton coach Dedrique Taylor said.
The Titans, who finished 1-2 in the tournament, also drew 21 fouls and sank 23 of 30 free-throw attempts.
“They attacked us so much and shot 30 free throws and you can’t overcome that,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said.
The Titans came out a bit sloppy, turning the ball over seven times over first five minutes, but committed only nine additional turnovers the rest of the way.
Fullerton shot over 50 percent for the second game in a row and once again did a good job of holding on to the lead and putting away their opponent down the stretch.
With 1:50 remaining in the game, Kyle Allman (16 points) drove hard to the basket, drew a foul and hit both free throws to give Fullerton 65-54 lead.
Reed Farley hit a 3-pointer for Harvard (3-4) to make score 67-59 with 1:02 left.
With 45 seconds left, Jamal Smith hit two free throws to put the game away for the Titans.
“I thought our group came together tonight,” Taylor said. “They’ve played as hard as […]