Second-Half Struggles Doom SFA

Jan. 15, 2005

Box Score

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Junior Marcus Clark scored 23 points, including a perfect 11-of-11 performance from the free-throw line, but it wasn't enough as the Lumberjacks dropped a 63-57 decision at Sam Houston State Saturday night at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. The `Jacks are now 7-7 (.500) overall and 1-2 (.333) in Southland Conference play.

The Bearkats shot 10-of-17 (.588) in the first half but Lumberjacks were able to keep pace, shooting 10-of-22 (.455) and only trailed by one, 26-25, heading into halftime. It was a different story in the second half as the Lumberjacks hit only two of their first 18 shots. The Bearkats were able to push their lead to as many as 12 points in the second half behind 14 points from Chris Jordan and Ryan Bright.

The Lumberjacks were able to overcome their shooting woes by a solid defense and some good free-throw shooting. SFA forced the Bearkats into 20 turnovers, which SFA cashed in for 17 points. The Lumberjacks also shot 18-for-21 (.857) from the free-throw line as they cut the lead to five points in the second half. But the Lumberjacks were unable to reclaim the lead shooting only 8-of-29 (.276) in the second half.

Junior Anthony Paez scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for SFA, while senior Tim Simon added seven points.

The Lumberjacks return to action Wednesday when they travel to Thibodaux, La., to take on Nicholls State. The game against the Colonels is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m., from the William R. Johnson Coliseum.



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