The Hornets competed the season-sweep over Cypress College Wednesday night getting past the Chargers 86-82.
Whenever these two district and OEC rivals get together it is always a close game, and Wednesday night at Cypress was no different. Fullerton may have swept Cypress this season, but it was no easy task. A few weeks ago the two teams met at Fullerton, and the Hornets just got past the Chargers 56-51.
Fullerton's win not only gives them district bragging rights, but it the team up in the OEC standings at 8-2 (19-6 overall). The Charger loss keeps them down in the OEC at 2-7 (8-16 overall).
FC jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first minutes of the game on a couple of free throws by Dezmond Rowen.
Justin Smith's three-pointer helped Cypress cut the lead down at 8-7, but the Hornets went on a 13-5 run to go up 21-12 at 8:36.
Fullerton maintained their distance through the remainder of the first half, and by halftime they led 40-34.
The second half saw the Hornets take their largest lead of 12 (74-62) on a layin by Khalil Stevenson with just over 7 minutes left in the game. With two minutes left in the game, the Chargers made a final push getting within three points (80-77) on a jumper by Mike Magee. FC thwarted their attempt with solid defense and decent shooting from the free throw line.
Jason Richardson had a game-high 24 points with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Ronne Readus played strong scoring 15 points with 7 rebounds, and Khalil Stevenson dropped in 13 points. Akil Reese and Vaj Rice both chipped in with 7 points apiece.
Up Next: The Hornets (19-6 overall and 8-2 OEC) will play a big one on the road this Friday, February 9th against first place Orange Coast College (18-7 overall 9-1 OEC). Tip off is at 7:00 pm. Go on out and support your Hornets for this one!