Jan. 13, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
After picking up two neutral-floor wins at Johnson Coliseum during a tournament last month, Central Arkansas came into Wednesday's game at Stephen F. Austin with reason to believe its fortune in the Lumberjacks' home arena had changed. But a 34-percent shooting effort led to another double-digit defeat in Nacogdoches for the Bears as SFA stayed perfect against Central Arkansas with a 64-49 victory.
In three games against the Lumberjacks at Johnson Coliseum, UCA has shot a combined 25.7 percent from the field and has yet to break the 50-point barrier. The Bears have been held to fewer than 20 points in the first half in all three meetings with the `Jacks in Nacogdoches.
In two previous games at Johnson Coliseum during December's Etech Classic, UCA shot 45.8 percent and 55.3 percent in double-digit wins against Cal State Fullerton and Southern, respectively. But the Bears could find none of that magic against SFA Wednesday night.
The win moves SFA to 11-4 on the year and evens the Lumberjacks' Southland Conference record at 1-1. Central Arkansas falls to 6-10 overall and 0-2 in league play.
SFA sophomore center Jereal Scott scored 16 points to lead all players and was joined in double digits by Denzel Barnes, who added 10 points in his first starting appearance of the season.
The Bears held a 7-5 lead three minutes into the first period. But SFA reeled off a 15-0 run over the next seven minutes to take a 20-7 advantage, and the `Jacks only let UCA within arm's reach once afterward. The Bears missed 11 straight field goal attempts and two free throws during the dry spell.
The second missed foul shot bounced out to Jared Rehmel, who hit a 3-pointer to break the slump and start a 10-0 UCA run that would bring the Bears within three points of tying the score. But SFA answered with a 3-pointer by senior guard Walt Harris and quickly put together a 10-0 run of its own to press the lead back out to 13 points. Scott scored seven straight points to finish the stretch.
SFA went to the locker room with a 30-19 lead after holding the Bears to 29 percent from the floor in the opening period. UCA upped its shooting to 43 percent after the break, but the `Jacks went 13-of-24 from the floor and led by as many as 23 points in the second period.
For the game, SFA finished with a 31-23 advantage in rebounding, and outscored the Bears, 34-16, in the paint. Juniors Eddie Williams and Jordan Glynn grabbed eight rebounds apiece to lead all players, and Williams added nine points and three assists. Harris also finished with nine, and junior Mark Gomillia came off the bench for seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.
Barnes, who played a career-high 27 minutes in place of injured starter Eric Bell, posted a season-best four steals.
Imad Qahwash scored 14 to lead the Bears, but no other UCA starter managed more than seven points. Carlos Dos Santos came off the bench to score 11.
The Lumberjacks will be back in action Saturday, when they head to Thibodaux, La., to take on Nicholls. The game against the Colonels is scheduled to tip at noon.
-- SFA --