Feb. 23, 2011
NACOGDOCHES - Junior guard Mike James came off the Lamar University bench to score a game-high 17 points, but it was not enough as Stephen F. Austin held off the Cardinals' rally to pull out a 60-55 Southland Conference basketball victory on Wednesday night at Johnson Coliseum.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak and dropped the Cardinals record to 12-15 overall and 6-7 in the SLC. SFA now stands at 8-5 in conference play and owns the tiebreaker over Lamar as each team has just three games left before the eight-team conference tournament.
The Lumberjacks (17-8) moved ahead by nine points on an Eddie Williams layup with 2:34 to play in the game. LU responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a pair of Anthony Miles free throws that pulled the Cardinals to within two at 57-55 with 17 seconds to play.
Dion Prewitt made 1-of-2 free throws with 14 seconds to play that put SFA up 58-55, giving the Cardinals a chance to tie the game. Senior Kendrick Harris' 3-pointer from the left corner rimmed out and bounced out of bounds, giving possession to the Jacks.
Jordan Glynn hit a pair of free throws with four seconds showing to close out the scoring and secure the five-point victory for SFA. The Lumberjacks came into the contest allowing just 55.6 points per game to lead the nation, and kept the Cardinals right at that number.
Lamar looked to get the ball inside, putting pressure on 6-foot-7 big man Jereal Scott. While Scott finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for SFA, he also fouled out as Lamar won the battle of points in the paint 34-24.
Devon Lamb pulled down 11 of the Cardinals' 38 rebounds, including seven of the 14 offensive rebounds for Lamar. The Cards outscored SFA 11-4 on second chance points, but struggled to move the ball on offense as they finished with just five assists on 22 baskets.
Lamar uncharacteristically struggled from 3-point range on Wednesday. The Cardinals came into the game as the top 3-point team in the league in both percentage (36.8) and makes per game (8.0), but tied a season-low with just one make on eight attempts.
SFA opened the game just 1-of-11 from the floor, but Lamar could not take advantage. The Cards scored just four points over the first eight minutes and trailed 28-20 at the half, a season-low for first half points.
James, who leads Lamar in scoring at 12.3 points per game, had his best scoring output since posting 24 points at Arkansas State on Jan. 17. Miles was the only other Cardinal to score in double-figures as the junior guard finished with 13 points.
Senior guard Eddie Williams joined Scott in double-figures with 12, while sophomore Antonio Bostic scored nine of his 11 points in the second half.
The Cardinals will look to even their SLC record on Saturday when Sam Houston State visits the Montagne Center for a 7:05 tip.