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Khalil Stevenson scored 17 in the Hornet's win against Santa Ana at home Friday night.
Khalil Stevenson scored 17 in the Hornet's win against Santa Ana at home Friday night.

The #12 Hornets hosted Santa Ana College on Friday night overpowering the Dons 87-57 in an Orange Empire Conference matchup.

FC dropped a spot in the state rankings from 11 to 12 this week after losing close one last Friday on the road to Santiago Canyon College 70-69. That loss knocked Fullerton out of the top spot in the OEC standings placing Orange Coast College (riding a 6-game win streak) in first place.

Tonight's win over Santa Ana now gives Fullerton an OEC record of 5-2 with an overall record of 16-6. The Dons, who are now riding a 5-game losing streak, remain in the OEC's cellar at 1-6 and are 8-12 overall.

The last time these two teams played was on January 3rd at Santa Ana. The Hornets had a hard time with the feisty Don squad but locked down the win at 95-89.

The game began sort of like the previous one, a back-and-fourth battle. The Dons and Hornets were tied 10-10 at 12:33 when FC poured it on taking the game over on a 26-6 run. Up 36-16 with just over a minute left in the half, FC did not let off the gas ending the half with a commanding 40-21 lead.

Fullerton owned the second half taking their largest lead of the game at 12:17 (62-29) on a three-pointer by Dezmond Rowen.

Fullerton capitalized on Santa Ana's 25 turnovers scoring 26 points, while also out-scoring the Dons on second chance points 20-8.

Jason Richardson and Khalil Stevenson both shared a game-high 17 points in helping the Hornets to victory. Richardson also had 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals. Ronne Readus came up big with a double-double night scoring 15 with 13 boards. Dezmond Rowen had 11 points and Nigel Carter delivered 9.

Up Next: FC (16-6 overall, 5-2 OEC) will host Irvine Valley College on Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm.

*Photos by Phil Thurman