STANFORD â€” Cal State Fullerton basketball coach Dedrique Taylor hoped his team could offset the departure of high-scoring guards Kyle Allman Jr. and Khalil Ahmad with better ball movement this season, but even crisp passing needs to result in baskets to make a difference.
Two games into the season, thatâ€™s not happening for the Titans, who have 10 assists through 80 minutes.
Daejon Davis scored 15 points, one of four Stanford players to reach double figures, and the Cardinal won their second straight game to open the season, beating Fullerton 70-54 on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion.
The Titans were 4 for 22 from 3-point range (18 percent), including 2 for 13 in the second half and just 10 for 19 from the free-throw line. Stanford wasnâ€™t significantly better from either spot, going 5 for 17 from the arc (29 percent) and 15 for 26 from the free-throw line, but the Cardinal was much better from close range, finishing the game at 50 percent from the field (25 for 50). The Titans had just six assists and shot 34 percent (20 for 59) overall following a 37-percent, four-assist effort in their season-opening loss at BYU on Tuesday.
â€œWe just gotta make shots. We got to the free-throw line but didnâ€™t make enough of them,â€� Titans coach Dedrique Taylor said. â€œWe put so much pressure on our defense by not making shots. We got to the free-throw line (19) times and made only 10. You canâ€™t expect to have a good outcome doing that.â€�
Sophomore guard Wayne Arnold had 14 points, three rebounds and two steals for the Titans. Senior guard Brandon Kamga added 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, senior guard Austen Awosika had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal and senior forward Davon Clare had a career-high 15 rebounds.
Fullerton whittled Stanfordâ€™s 19-point first-half lead to seven (40-33) at the 13:21 mark of the second half, but the Cardinal responded with five quick points and maintained control after that.
Stanfordâ€™s Davis knows his way around the basketball court and could find himself at any of the five positions at any given time. He doesnâ€™t have to handle the ball as much as he has in the past and that makes him even more dangerous.
â€œTonight was a pretty good indication of what he can do,â€� Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. â€œWe want to put him in positions to make plays. He was really good and we need that.â€�
Oscar da Silva added 14 points for Stanford (1-1), which played the Titans (0-2) for the first time in seven years. Freshmen Tyrell Terry and Spencer Jones, who made his first start, each scored 12 points.
Cal State Fullerton plays at Wyoming on Wednesday at 6 p.m.