`Jacks Edged At Home
Jan. 29, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi used a 15-0 run to take control in the second half, then sealed its 46-45 win over Stephen F. Austin on a Justin Reynolds free throw with 1.8 seconds left Saturday in Johnson Coliseum. Despite the Islanders' big run to start the half, SFA held a five-point lead as late as the 3:49 mark, but the Lumberjacks turned the ball over with the score tied and 26 seconds to play, setting up Reynolds' game-winning free throw.
After he missed the second foul shot, SFA inbounded the ball with .8 seconds left on the clock and Eddie Williams got off a wild halfcourt shot, but the attempt was well off the mark, wrapping up the Lumberjacks' second straight home loss after opening the season with a 9-0 record in the Coliseum.
SFA falls to 12-6 on the year and 3-3 in Southland Conference play. A&M-Corpus Christi (8-13, 3-4 SLC), meanwhile, won on the road for the first time this season. The Lumberjacks were coming off a solid 63-49 win at Sam Houston State on Wednesday, but had dropped a 62-52 decision at home against UT Arlington last Saturday. The last time an SFA team dropped back-to-back home games was 2006-07, when the `Jacks suffered successive losses to A&M-Corpus Christi and Northwestern State.
Saturday, SFA was led in scoring by its two starters in the post, junior center Jereal Scott and senior forward Jordan Glynn. Scott had 13 points, and Glynn added 12 with 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. But A&M-Corpus Christi used its size advantage and its ability to drive to the basket to outscore the `Jacks, 30-20, in the paint. That's just the fifth time this season for an opponent to beat SFA down low.
The `Jacks covered for a slow start offensively by holding A&M-Corpus without a field goal for the final nine minutes of the first half, and SFA went to the locker room with a 21-16 lead that was its largest of the game to that point.
Glynn connected on a jumper to open the second half and push the lead to seven, but the Islanders would score the next 15 points in succession to take a 31-23 lead at the 11:10 mark. All but two of the buckets during the run came in the paint, via four layups and a dunk.
SFA broke its drought with a layup by Mark Gomillia at the 10:40 mark, then trimmed the lead to one on two free throws by Glynn and a layup from Scott. Sophomore Antonio Bostic then stuck SFA's first 3-pointer of the night to give SFA a 32-31 lead with 8:48 to play.
The `Jacks led by five (43-38) on a Dion Prewster jumper with 4:16 to play, but the Islanders answered with a Garland Judkins layup followed by an SFA turnover and a Hollis Hill 3-pointer to tie it.
Glynn gave the `Jacks a 45-43 lead with 2:35 to play when he converted on a second-chance attempt following an offensive rebound by Scott. But the teams traded missed shots on the next four possessions before Demond Watt tied it on a layup with 46 seconds to play.
Bostic finished with 11 points and a career-best seven rebounds. Judkins led the Islanders with 13 points, and Watt added 12.
A&M-Corpus shot 55.6 percent from the field, a season-high for SFA opponents, while the Lumberjacks turned in a 36-percent effort that is their worst this year at home.
SFA will try to rebound on Wednesday, when the Lumberjacks travel to take on Texas State. The game against the Bobcats is scheduled to start at 7 p.m..
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