FULLERTON, Calif., November 26, 2017 – Sophomore Jackson Rowe shoots perfect from the field as he leads Cal State Fullerton to victory over Harvard 70-61.
Rowe finished the night with a career-high 25 points while tying a 37-year old school record for best field goal percentage in a game shooting 10-10 from the field, including 5-5 from beyond the arc. He also tied for the team-high in rebounds with five. Junior Kyle Allman was the only other Titan in double-figures as he put up 16 points while sophomore Austen Awosika had a game-high six assists to go along with seven points and five rebounds.
The Crimson were led by sophomore guard Bryce Aiken with 16 points to go along with three assists. Only one other Harvard player recorded a double-figure game and that was junior Corey Johnson who had 11 points.
The first half was a lot back-and-forth with eight lead changes. Harvard shot 12-27 (44.4%) from the field while Fullerton shot 12-24 (50%). Rowe got his night started early as he drained his first three of the night in the fifth minute of the game and it started what would end up being a historic night for the sophomore. Led by Rowe’s 12 first half points, the Titans went into the half leading by two despite an Aiken layup with two seconds remaining.
Harvard took the lead back right off the start of the second half as sophomore Justin Bassey drained a three, but Fullerton had the hot hand down the stretch. Shooting an outstanding 60% from the field in the second half, the Titans outscored the Crimson 38-31 for the half led by Rowe’s 13 points. But it was Allman and Ahmad who put CSF on an 8-0 run in the final three minutes of play to extend their lead to 11 and ultimately put the game away.