BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Alex Harris scored 20 points for first year head coach Dedrique Taylor as Cal State Fullerton easily handled Montana State 84-55 in a season opener for both teams on Saturday night.
Fullerton returned two starters from a year ago, added eight new players and was expecting a difficult transition under Taylor -- a former assistant at Arizona State.
The Titans did not miss a step shooting 54 percent from the field and a whopping 50 percent from beyond the 3-point line on 18 attempts. Harris made 8-of-13 baskets and Michael Williams pumped in 14 points for the Titans. Marquis Home was perfect from beyond the arc (3-for-3), scoring 13 points.
Montana State, with a more experienced returning crew, shot only 34 percent from the field and was off the mark on three-pointers hitting just 2-of-20. Paul Egwuonwu and Flavien Davis had 10 points each for the Bobcats.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.