Cal State Fullerton's Burns Torches Opposition to Earn Player of the Week Honor
Cal State Fullerton senior Justin Burns (Las Vegas, NV/Cypress College) earned Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week accolades for his impressive performances in road wins against Texas-San Antonio and Louisiana-Lafayette.
A 6-7 center, Burns averaged 15.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game as the Titans improved to 4-0 with the two victories, giving the program its best start since 1989. For the week, he shot 50.0 percent from the field, making 11 of 22 from the floor, while hitting eight of 12 at the free throw line for 66.7 percent.
Burns scored all 16 of his points in the second half to lead CSF to a 67-63 win over UTSA on Wednesday. It allowed the Titans to rally from a 13-point halftime deficit despite the absence of three starters. In addition, Burns had one of his four assists on the basket that gave CSF the lead for good. Burns made 6 of 12 from the field and played all 40 minutes.
Against the Ragun' Cajuns, Burns was equally effective with 14 points and 15 rebounds for his second double-double of the week. The 15 boards was one shy of his career high, and he scored six of his points in the final eight minutes as the Titans eked out a 91-89 win in overtime.