Jan. 11, 2007
BEAUMONT - Junior James Davis scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, but Lamar University couldn't overcome 21 turnovers in an overtime thriller, 73-72, to Stephen F. Austin in Southland Conference men's basketball action Thursday night at the Montagne Center.
Lamar dropped to 7-9 overall and 1-1 in SLC play. SFA improved to 10-5 on the season and 3-0 in SLC play. The Cardinals travel to Huntsville Monday for a 7 p.m. contest at Sam Houston State, which is being televised regional on Fox Sports Net-Southwest.
It was a tightly contested game throughout with neither team taking more than a six-point lead the entire game. The lead changed hands 13 times and there were eight lead changes.
Leading by two to start the second half, SFA scored the first four points to extend its lead to six, 41-35 on a pair of free throws by Matt Kingsley. A pair of Josh Alexander free throws at 17:25 pushed the lead back to six, 43-37.
Lamar responded with a 7-0 run, which was capped by a Currye Todd three-pointer, to take the lead at 44-43 with 16:02 remaining in the second half. With both teams trading baskets, Lamar Sanders hit a pair of free throws at 6:04 that gave the Cardinals a 60-56 lead.
SFA answered with a 9-0 run to take a 65-60 lead. Gerald Fonzie nailed a three-pointer and Kyle Jacobs capped the run with a conventional three-point play at 4:36. Davis hit one-of-two free throws for the Cardinals and Brandon Chappell nailed a three-pointer to pull Lamar within one, 65-64, with 2:45 remaining in regulation.
Alexander made one-of-two free throws for the Lumberjacks with 2:09 left and Davis tied the game at 66-66 for Lamar on a lay-in with 35 seconds remaining. After Alexander turned the ball over with 10 seconds left, the Cardinals had the final shot in regulation. Todd's three-pointer at :04 caromed off the rim and the game went to overtime.
A layup by Davis game Lamar a quick 68-66 lead in the extra session. Jacobs answered with a layup for SFA to tie the game and the Lumberjacks took the lead for good, 71-68, on an Alexander 3-pointer at 3:05.
Davis put in another lay-in for Lamar, but Alexander countered with a layup to push the lead back to three, 73-70. Davis scored his sixth point of overtime to make the score 73-72 with :55 remaining. Again, the Cardinals had the final shot, but Brandon Chappell misfired on 3-pointer from the top of the key as the buzzer sounded.
In recording his fourth double-double, Davis was 13-of-16 from the field. He also blocked a season-high five shots. Sanders added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Matthew Barrow added 11 points before fouling out.
Lamar shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field, 25.9 percent (7-of-27) from 3-point range and 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the free throw line. The Cardinals outrebounded SFA 45 to 37 and outscored the Lumberjacks 38-26 in points in the paint.
Alexander led SFA with 17 points and eight rebounds. Jacobs came off the bench to score 14 points and pull down eight rebounds. Fonzie and Chaz Dykes each scored 11 points.
SFA shot 36.4 percent (24-of-66) from the field, 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from 3-point range and 66.7 percent (18-of-27) from the free throw line. The Lumberjacks forced 21 turnovers, which led to 25 points.