The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team, breaking in eight new players, opened its season with a 92-73 victory over the Melbourne Magic, a touring club team from Australia.
The Titans shot 53% from the field and outrebounded Melbourne, 46-32. Greg Vernon, one of only two returning players, was Fullerton's high scorer with 21 points. Darren Little, a transfer from Palomar Community College in San Diego, and Winston Peterson, a transfer from San Jacinto Community College in Texas, added 14 points each.
"I think for the first Division I game for (most) of these players, it was a good way to get our feet wet," Coach Brad Holland said. "My attitude with this team is to get just a little bit better with each outing."
Holland was particularly happy with James French, a transfer from the University of Washington, who had 10 points and four assists in his first start as the Titan point guard.
"He ran our team well, penetrated well and made some good decisions," Holland said.
Melbourne, which finished its United States tour at 0-6, was led by former Seton Hall player Michael Cooper, who had 27 points and seven rebounds.