In an Orange Empire Conference game, the No. 2 Hornets took a trip down to Huntington Beach on Wednesday night to play Golden West College and branded the Rustlers with an 86-61 loss.
The victory marks 15 consecutive wins for Fullerton (15-0) and maintains its undefeated record (3-0 conference). The Golden West defeat gives the team an overall record of 2-12, as they remain winless in the OEC at 0-4.
This is the Rustler's first season back after a fifteen-year hiatus.
The first four minutes were tight as both teams tested one another shot for shot (6 lead changes and 8 ties), but after FC found themselves down 11-8 the 15-minute mark all bets were off. The Hornets turned up the heat taking a 33-23 lead by 7:04 that was capped with a three-pointer by Ryen Perry. Fullerton did not let up for the rest of the half, as they owned a 49-34 lead by the halftime buzzer.
The Hornets did not relinquish the lead in this second half forcing 7 turnovers to GWC's 2. FC saved their best for last taking a 27-point lead (86-59) with 1:25 left in regulation.
Four Hornet players scored in double-digits. DJ Houston dropped in a game-high 20 points, had 11 boards, and dished out 8 assists just missing a triple-double. Omajae Smith had 15 points, Jacob Eyman had 14, and Ronnie Stapp put up 13. RJ Knibb also had a productive night with 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Up Next: The No. 2 in state Hornets (15-0, 4-0) will host the No. 3 Santiago Canyon College Hawks (15-0, 3-0) this Monday, January 13th. Tip off is at 6:00 pm. Come out and watch the two best community college teams in Southern California. You do not want to miss this one. Can't make it? Watch it live here on SoCal College Sports.
*Photo by Matt Brown