Tre Coggins lived up to his name Saturday night.
The 6-foot-2 guard drilled four 3-pointers and scored 25 points as the Cal State Fullerton Titans ran past the Nevada Wolf Pack 75-66 in front of just 905 fans in Fullerton. The Big West Conference’s Titans improved to 4-1 while the Wolf Pack fell to 4-2.
Coggins also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes as the Titans extended their winning streak to four games in a row. Fullerton, which finished 9-22 last season just like the Wolf Pack, led by as many as 15 (69-54) after a Coggins layup with 4:12 to play. That layup was Fullerton’s final field goal of the game as the Titans made six free throws in the final 2:25 to nail down the easy victory.
Coggins, whose uncle Rich Coggins played baseball for the Baltimore Orioles, sat out last season after transferring from Air Force. The Southern California native (San Juan Capistrano) scored 14 points against the Wolf Pack and had four 3-pointers in a 75-56 Air Force loss to the Pack during the 2013-14 season. Fullerton, which is coached by former (2004-05, 2005-06) Wolf Pack assistant coach Dedrique Taylor, beat the Pack last year 65-55 in Reno without Coggins. That victory started the Titans on a five-game losing streak but they finished the year by losing 15 of their last 16 games. Taylor now has a 24-43 record in two-plus seasons as the Titans coach.
Fullerton jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game’s first two minutes thanks to a 3-pointer by Coggins. The Pack, though, then dominated the next 11 minutes, going on a 21-5 spurt to take a commanding 21-12 lead with 7:21. Eric Cooper, who led the Pack with 19 points in just 23 minutes off the bench, had a 3-pointer and a layup during a 10-0 run. Tyron Criswell, who had 11 points off the bench, also had a three and a layup during the run.
The Pack went into the halftime locker room with a 30-29 lead as Lindsey Drew hit a 3-pointer for a 30-27 lead with a minute to play in the half. The second half, however, belonged to the Titans. Coggins hit a jumper for a 31-30 Titans’ lead just 21 seconds in the second half and the Pack never saw a lead again. Coggins also had a 3-pointer for a 34-31 Fullerton lead with 19 minutes to go in the half and another 3-pointer for a 39-36 lead with 17 minutes to go.
A jumper by Cooper cut the Titans lead to 43-38 with 15 minutes to go and D.J. Fenner hit a three to slice the deficit to just 45-41 with 13 minutes left. Fullerton, however, went on a game-deciding 11-2 run to take a 56-43 lead with nine minutes to play. Three layups, by Khalil Ahmad, Lanneryl Johnson and Coggins, helped the Titans build their 12-point lead.
The Wolf Pack never pulled closer than eight points over the final 9:46. Cooper had a 3-pointer to make it 60-52 with 6:24 to go and Drew had a layup to make it 63-54 with 5:30 left. The Pack did go on a 7-0 run — Cooper had all seven points on a 3-pointer and four free throws — to cut the Titan lead to 69-61 with 2:54 to go but the Titans put the game away at the free throw line from that point on.
The Wolf Pack turned the ball over a season-high 19 times in the loss. It is their most turnovers since they had 20 in a season-ending loss to UNLV a year ago. Criswell had six turnovers and Cameron Oliver had four to lead the Pack.
Marqueze Coleman, who had scored 20 or more points in each of the last four games, had just eight against the Titans. Coleman, who had 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting against Fullerton last year, did not make a field goal (0-for-2 from the field) in the first half on Saturday. He had four points in each half. Fenner also struggled from the floor, making just 2-of-12 shots and finishing with just five points and missing 4-of-5 3-pointers. Oliver finished with nine points, six rebounds and three blocks. A.J. West played just 15 minutes and had six points, three rebounds and a block. Elijah Foster had six rebounds, two assists and two blocks but did not score (he also didn’t take a shot) in 15 minutes. Drew finished with eight points, seven boards and a pair of assists and steals.
Lanneryl Johnson had 18 points for the Titans. Ahmad, Malcolm Brooks and Lionheart Leslie each had seven points. The two teams both shot 39 percent from the floor while the Pack was 7-of-20 and Fullerton was 6-of-20 on threes. The Pack was 13-of-14 from the free throw line, all in the second half. Fullerton was 19-of-23.
The Wolf Pack will play Holy Names on Monday night (7 p.m.) at Lawlor Events Center. Holy Names, a Division II school from Oakland, Calif., competes in the Pacific West Conference and is 1-7 this season.