FULLERTON — After seeing a trio of potential season openers postponed or canceled for coronavirus-related reasons, the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team was finally able to kick off its 2020-21 season on Sunday with a 94-70 rout of San Diego Christian at Titan Gym.

Junior guard Wayne Arnold was 5 for 6 from 3-point range on his way to a team-high 19 points and three other Titans scored in double figures as they overwhelmed their NAIA opponent from the outset. Fullerton scored the first 14 points of the game and led by as many as 42 in the second half, shooting 55 percent from the field and outscoring the visitors 46-12 in the paint.

In 23 minutes, Arnold was 7 for 9 from the field and added four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocked shots. Sophomore guard Tory San Antonio had 13 points and a team-high five assists with two rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes. Junior guard Jalen Harris added 13 points, three rebounds and one assist with no turnovers in 20 minutes. Sophomore forward Vincent Lee was 6 for 8 from the field and finished with 12 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.

No Fullerton starter played more than 24 minutes, and 12 of the 13 who got in the game scored.

The Titans made 37 of their 67 shots, including an 11-for-25 showing (44 percent) from 3-point range. They had 22 assists with just 12 turnovers while scoring 25 points off 18 SCC turnovers.

Fullerton was originally scheduled to open its season against San Diego at the four-team Husky Classic in Seattle on the day before Thanksgiving, but that event was canceled when CSF and USD both had coronavirus issues, leading to a 14-day quarantine for Fullerton’s program.

Fullerton planned to face Bethesda University, an Anaheim-based NAIA team, on Wednesday (Dec. 9) at Titan Gym, but Bethesda had to cancel because of its own COVID-related issues. CSF and USD planned to square off on Friday night in San Diego, but that game was postponed due to COVID-19-related issues a few hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. tipoff. The teams still hope to reschedule that game.

Teyden Gause had 23 points and went 5 for 8 from 3-point range for the Hawks. Nathan Clark added 12 points and Riley Blea had 11. SCC was 25 for 65 (38.5 percent) from the field, going 11 for 32 from beyond the arc.

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Fullerton is scheduled to host Pacific on Saturday (Dec. 19) at 3 p.m.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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