Harris Lifts `Jacks To Win
Feb. 3, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Senior guard Walt Harris scored all seven of Stephen F. Austin's points in overtime and finished with a team-high 22 points to lead the Lumberjacks to a 68-67 win over Nicholls Wednesday in William R. Johnson Coliseum. Harris hit the game-winning 3-pointer with eight seconds to play, extending SFA's winning streak to five straight, which ties the Lumberjacks' longest run of the year.
The win improves SFA to 16-5 on the season with a 6-2 mark in Southland Conference play. Nicholls falls to 7-14 overall and 3-5 against league competition.
Harris was the only Lumberjack to reach double digits, tying the career-high he set earlier this season at Arkansas and spoiling a fine effort by Nicholls' Anatoly Bose. Bose, the Southland's second-leading scorer, paced all players with 38 points, the most allowed to an SFA opponent since Ben Woodside scored 60 against the `Jacks in a triple-overtime SFA win last season.
After Nicholls tied the score at 61 on a 3-pointer by Kenny Franklin Jr. with less than a second to play in regulation, Harris scored the first four points of overtime to give SFA a 65-61 cushion.
The Colonels got within three on a free throw by Chris Iles at the other end, and, two possessions later, Harris went to the bench hobbling with a leg cramp. Bose - who had been defended by Harris to that point in the overtime period - nailed his sixth 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 65 with 1:35 to play.
On the ensuing possession, senior guard Eric Bell drove the lane at the other end for what appeared to be a go-ahead layup, but he was whistled for a charging foul, giving the ball back to Nicholls with just over a minute remaining. Bose took advantage, sinking a pull-up jumper to give the Colonels their first lead since the 13:22 mark of the second period.
Harris, who had returned to the lineup after the foul on Bell at the one-minute mark, dribbled from the wing toward the top of the circle looking for space as the seconds ticked away on SFA's final possession. When his off-balance 3-point attempt hit the bottom of the net, there were just over eight seconds showing on the clock.
Nicholls pushed the ball ahead and, after a loose-ball scramble under the hoop, Bose got a last-second shot off, but it rimmed out into the hands of junior Jordan Glynn for his game-high eighth rebound of the night.
All told, there were eight lead changes and nine tied scores in the game. Wednesday's contest marked the second game in SFA's last five meetings with the Colonels to go to overtime. Nicholls took a 58-57 win in the last overtime match-up in Thibodaux during the 2007-08 season. SFA is now 29-33, all-time, in overtime games and has won four of the last five.
Glynn scored six points to go along with his eight rebounds. SFA's leading scorer Eddie Williams fouled out in the second half with nine points in 30 minutes of work. Sophomore center Jereal Scott scored eight points, as did freshman center Will Reinke. Reinke finished with five rebounds.
Iles scored 12 points to join Bose in double digits, but Fred Hunter's seven points marked the only other Colonel with more than three.
SFA shot 52.3 percent - its third-best shooting night of the season - and finished with a 31-19 edge in rebounding. Harris' four 3-pointer tied a career high.
The Lumberjacks will try to extend their win streak to a season-best six games Saturday, when they head to Beaumont, Texas, to take on Lamar. The game against the Cardinals is set for a 7:05 p.m. tip.
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