Dec. 4, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
A season-best five Lumberjacks reached double digits in scoring Friday, as Stephen F. Austin rolled to a 79-52 win over Southern on the opening night of the inaugural Etech Lumberjack Classic. The 27-point margin of victory is one off a season-high for SFA and marks the Lumberjacks' widest margin this season against a Division I opponent.
The Jaguars (0-7) shot a solid 41 percent from the field but were done in by 25 turnovers, which SFA converted to 28 points. The `Jacks (4-2) also outscored Southern, 17-6, in second-chance points and dominated the paint with a 36-18 advantage.
Junior point guard Denzel Barnes led SFA with a career-high 14 points, connecting on all six of his shot attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers. Barnes also ripped off two of SFA's season-high 14 steals and did all his damage in just 13 minutes off the bench.
Junior forward Jordan Glynn scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the second time in as many games to register his first career double-double as a Lumberjack. Senior guard Walt Harris added 13 points, junior forward Eddie Williams scored 12 and sophomore center Jereal Scott finished with 10 points, giving SFA five players in double digits for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Norm Nixon Jr scored 10 points to lead the Jaguars but was the only Southern player to reach double figures.
The `Jacks led by as many as 19 points late in the first half, when they shot 62 percent. SFA cooled to 34 percent in the second half but were aided by 13 Southern turnovers after halftime.
The Jaguars cut the lead to 12 (46-34) on a fast-break layup by Brandon White with 16:53 to play in the second period, but that was as close as they would get. Harris answered with buckets on back-to-back possessions, sparking an 11-0 run for SFA that pushed the Lumberjacks to a 57-34 lead by the 12:51 mark. Southern would not breach the 20-point barrier again.
Williams added a game-high five assists and four steals to his 12 points. Senior point guard Eric Bell went 2-for-2 from 3-point range to finish with six points, adding three assists and two steals without a turnover.
Junior forward Mark Gomillia finished with four points, junior guard Lionell Holmes hit a 3-pointer, and Aaron Smith, Austin Falke and Orren Tims chipped in with two points each.
Freshman center Will Reinke failed to find the scoring column in 18 minutes but finished second only to Glynn on the boards with six rebounds.
The Lumberjacks will finish play in the Etech Classic Saturday night, when they take on Cal State Fullerton. The game against the Titans is scheduled to tip at 7:15 p.m. and will follow the 5 p.m. game between Southern and Central Arkansas.
Etech Lumberjack Classic Game 1
Central Arkansas 69, Cal State Fullerton 49
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Central Arkansas Bears held Cal State Fullerton to just 32 percent shooting on the first day of the Etech Lumberjack Classic and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 69-49 win over the Titans.
UCA (2-5) used an 18-3 run to close out the first half behind six three-point buckets to go into the locker room up 38-23. The Bears finished with eight three-pointers and shot 45 percent from the field for the evening.
The Titans (3-1) struggled offensively in dropping their first game of the season, hitting just one of 12 three-point tries in the first half. They finished with just three makes on 18 tries from behind the arc.
Jared Rehmel led the Bears with 18 points on the night, including three triples, and was joined by Chris Poellnitz with 16 and Tadre Sheppard with 11. Imad Qahwash led the Bears on the boards with a game-high 12 rebounds.
No Titan finished the game in double-figures as Bryce Webster and Devon Peltier paced Cal State Fullerton with eight points apiece.
Each team will play one more time on Saturday in the Etech Lumberjack Classic, with Central Arkansas taking on Southern and Cal State Fullerton taking on the host Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.
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