Fullerton Makes NCAAs for First Time Since 1978
Coppin St. upsets Morgan St., Mississippi Valley St. wins SWAC
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 16, 2008 1:48 PM CDT
Cal State Fullerton's Ray Reed (22) reacts after a breakaway steal and score during the first half of their college Big West final yesterday against UC Irvine.    (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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(Newser) – Scott Cutley scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Cal State Fullerton into the NCAA Tournament with an 81-66 win over UC Irvine in the Big West tournament final yesterday, reports the Orange County Register. Josh Akognon added 23 points as the Titans reached the NCAAs for the first time since 1978, only the second time in school history. In other NCAA action:

  • Tywain McKee scored on a layup with 2 seconds left as Coppin State upset top-seeded Morgan State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference final, 62-60.
  • Carl Lucas hits two free throws with less than a second left to give Mississippi Valley State a 59-58 win over Jackson State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference final.