Feb. 9, 2006
MONROE, La. -
Freshman Josh Alexander was on of three Lumberjacks to score in double figures Thursday night, as SFA escaped Fant-Ewing Coliseum with a 63-59 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The `Jacks improve to 11-9 (.550) overall and 4-6 (.400) in Southland Conference play.
The `Jacks shot 50 percent from the floor in first half, going 15-of-30. SFA took a two-point advantage, 31-29, into the break. Although SFA cooled off in the second half, the Lumberjack defense picked up the pace after the intermission. SFA held the Indians to an 11-for-28 (.393) performance in the second half and forced ULM into 15 turnovers. The `Jacks cashed those turnovers in for 17 points and held off the home-standing Indians late in the game, despite shooting only 33 percent at the free throw line. SFA also out-rebounded Louisiana-Monroe, 37-32, for the game.
Junior Keith Hardaway scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while classmate Antuane Miller added 15 points and pulled down a team-high eight boards. Senior Anthony Paez scored eight points on 4-of-7 (.571) shooting.
The `Jacks return to action Saturday when they host Nicholls State. The game against the Colonels is slated to begin at 4 p.m. in the William R. Johnson Coliseum.