`Jacks Knock Off Lions
Jan. 23, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Walt Harris heated up from 3-point range for the second time in three games and finished with 18 points to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 62-51 win over Southeastern Louisiana Saturday in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Harris matched his career-high with four 3-pointers, equaling the number he made in SFA's loss at Nicholls a week ago.
This time, though, the Lumberjacks came away with a win after outrebounding Southeastern, 36-19, to negate a 51-percent shooting effort by the Lions. SFA moves to 13-5 on the year and is alone in first place in the Southland Conference East Division with a 3-2 league record.
The Lumberjacks led from their opening possession, which ended with a jumper by Harris, and the senior guard scored eight of SFA's first 13 points. His second 3-pointer of the game gave the `Jacks a 13-6 lead with 12:35 to play in the first half.
After trailing by as many as 10 in the first half, the Lions ended the period on a 7-0 run to go to halftime down just one, 29-28. Southeastern was twice able to tie the score in the second period, both times on jumpers by leading scorer Patrick Sullivan. SFA answered the second game-tying score by wrapping an Orren Tims layup and a Will Reinke dunk in traffic around a Lion turnover to give the `Jacks a four-point cushion with 13:21 to play.
Over the next several minutes, SFA would stretch its lead to 11 with an 11-2 run during which Sullivan was the only Lion to find the net. He finished with a game-high 20 points - 12 in the second half - but Rodney Jones' 10-point night marked the only other double-digit outing by a Southeastern player.
Junior forward Jordan Glynn led SFA's outstanding effort on the glass, pulling down 12 boards for his ninth double-figure rebounding game of the year. Southeastern's 19 rebounds are the fewest recorded by a Lumberjack opponent this season, and the 17-board margin is SFA's largest advantage on the glass since outrebounding Huston-Tillotson by 24 in November.
The `Jacks finished with a 17-2 edge in offensive rebounds, behind six for Glynn, and outscored the Lions, 18-2, in second-chance points. Sophomore center Jereal Scott finished with six rebounds to go along with his 12 points, and junior guard Eddie Williams pulled down six while scoring nine points. Reinke came off the bench to finish with eight points on 4-of-8 shooting. Glynn added six points.
SFA will return to action next week when the Lumberjacks hit the road for games against Northwestern State and McNeese State. The game against the Demons is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip Wednesday in Natchitoches, La.
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