March 10, 2005
By ANDREW DALTON
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ralphy Holmes had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Bobby Brown scored 16 points as Cal State Fullerton beat UC Santa Barbara 66-55 Thursday in the second round of the Big West Conference tournament.
The third-seeded Titans (19-9) will play No. 2 seed Utah State in Friday's semifinals.
Holmes, who was voted only second-team All-Big West despite being first in the conference in rebounds and second in scoring, finished the first half with a spinning, 18-foot bank shot at the buzzer to give Fullerton its biggest lead of the half, 35-24.
UC Santa Barbara (11-18) could get no closer than six in the second half.
The seventh-seeded Gauchos were eliminated in the second round of the tournament for the third straight year.
Brown, who scored 10 of his points in the second half, made a long 3-pointer to give the Titans their biggest lead of the game, 64-50, with 6:04 to play.
Yaphett King and Jamaal Brown added 11 points apiece for Cal State Fullerton. King also had 11 rebounds.