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COLLEGE ROUNDUP : Middleton Steals the Victory for Chapman in Chico Tourney

Rog Middleton stole the ball, then went the length of the court for a dunk as time ran out to give Chapman College a 70-68 victory over Chico State in the final of the Chico State Tournament Sunday in Chico.

Chapman (9-6) led by as many as 13 points in the second half but Chico rallied to tie it at 68 with about a minute left.

Chapman then turned the ball over and Chico was setting up for a final shot when Middleton, the tournament’s most valuable player, stole the ball, and moved in for the winning slam.

“This is a big step for us,” Chapman Coach Bob Boyd said. “We have not been a good road team until now. We stress defense and it really paid off at the end for us.”

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Middleton finished with 23 points and Andre Hill had 13. Zlatko Josic and Frantz Reyes each had 12 points for Chapman, which shot 59.9% (29 of 51) from the field. Josic also had a team-high six assists.

Middleton scored 33 points in Saturday’s victory over Texas A&I; in the semifinal round.

In the Fullerton Wrestling Invitational:

Fresno State won the team title with 153 1/2 points, and Cal State Fullerton was second with 124 points. Fullerton’s Michael Grubbs (118 pounds), Ramon Diaz (177) and heavyweight David Jones won individual titles.

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