Dec. 4, 2009
Nacogdoches, TX - Jared Rehmel scored 18 points and Chris Poellwitz added 16 Friday afternoon as Central Arkansas rolled to a 69-49 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the opening game of the Etech Lumberjack Classic at Stephen F. Austin University.
The Bears (2-5) snapped a 5-game losing streak by outshooting the Titans (3-1), who suffered their first loss along with a cold shooting night and the loss of two key players.
Bryce Webster and Devon Peltier each had 8 points to lead the Titans, who got no points from Jacques Streeter (flu) and Gerard Anderson (hand injury). Imad Qahwash had 12 rebounds for the Bears, who took control of the game with a 20-4 run over the final 8 minutes of the first half for a 38-23 lead at intermission. Fullerton never seriously threatened in the second half.
Fullerton's point total was its lowest since a 77-44 loss at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 31, 2004, in Coach Bob Burton's first season at CSF.
Fullerton shot only 32 percent from the floor including 3 of 18 from the 3-point line. The Bears shot 46 percent overall and 42 percent (8 of 19) from behind the arc. Fullerton's first three opponents had shot only 20 percent from 3-point land.
"We played like a team that was off for 11 days," said CSF Head Coach Burton. "It was obvious that the layoff took its effect, but more importantly, Jacques tried and couldn't play because of the flu. Gerard also was limited because of his hand.
"It could be worse tomorrow night because Stephen F. Austin is really good."
The Lumberjacks play Southern University later Friday in the second game of the tourney, which has predetermined opponents. Fullerton and Stephen F. Austin play at 7:30 p.m. CST.