Jan. 6, 2007
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Sophomore center Matt Kingsley scored 21 points and hauled in 11 rebounds Saturday to lead the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks to a 66-49 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference action at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The win is the fourth straight for the Lumberjacks (9-5) and gives SFA a 2-0 start in SLC action for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Southeastern Louisiana (8-7, 0-2) came into the game atop the East Division of the SLC.
Kingsley recorded a double-double for the second time in his career and led the Lumberjacks in scoring for the second time in as many games, but his rebounding, particularly at the offensive end, might have been the biggest lift for SFA. Six of his game-high 11 rebounds came on offense, aiding in an effort that saw the Lumberjacks outscore Southeastern, 18-3, in second-chance points. Overall, SFA outrebounded the Lions, 46-28, breaking the season-high for rebounding and rebound margin the Lumberjacks set two games ago against Howard Payne.
Neither team could gain a clear advantage in the first half, as the lead changed hands 10 times with seven ties. SFA outshot the Lions by one percentage point (44-43) and went to halftime ahead by just as slim a margin, 33-31.
Southeastern tied the score at 33 early in the second half, but SFA quickly regained the lead and, led by seven points from Kingsley, went on a 15-2 run to take a commanding 48-35 advantage. The Lions trimmed the lead to single digits when Quennell Green connected on a 3-pointer then hit a free throw on the next Southeastern possession with 4:29 left. But the Lumberjacks halted their brief scoring draught on the next possession when Kingsley found a cutting Scott Weaver in the lane for a layup to put SFA ahead, 60-49. The score came after two offensive rebounds by senior guard Chaz Dykes. The Lions could not counter and failed to score a point in the game's final four minutes.
Sophomore forward Josh Alexander scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds, just missing his second double-double in three games. Dykes and junior point guard Gerald Fonzie scored six points apiece, and junior forward Kyle Jacobs came off the bench for five points, three assists and two blocked shots. Kingsley added a pair of assists and two blocked shots to his stat line. Kingsley also hit 9-of-10 free throws, leading an 82.4-percent effort by the Lumberjacks.
Guard Daryl Cohen scored 12 points to pace Southeastern. Terry Bryant added 10. SFA held the Lions to 33.9-percent shooting, their third-worst shooting performance of the season.
The Lumberjacks will return to action on Jan. 11, when they travel to Beaumont, Texas, to take on Lamar. The game is set for a 7:05 p.m. tip. SFA will stay on the road for a Saturday showdown with McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.
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