`Jacks Knock Off Nicholls
Feb. 9, 2011
THIBODAUX, La. - Jereal Scott scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Stephen F. Austin got its first road win against Nicholls in six years with a 64-57 verdict over the Colonels Wednesday night in Stopher Gymnasium. Nicholls connected on 11 3-pointers - a season-high for SFA opponents - but the Colonels shot just 36 percent from the field and Scott helped the Lumberjacks to a 28-12 edge in the paint.
The Lumberjacks (14-7, 5-4 Southland) had not beaten Nicholls in Thibodaux since the 2004-05 season. The Colonels (11-10, 5-5) suffered just their second home loss of the year.
Leading scorer Anatoly Bose finished with a game-high 26 points, but no other Nicholls starter managed more than eight, and Bose needed 24 shot attempts to get his points. The Lumberjacks outrebounded Nicholls, 45-17, coming within a single board of tying for their largest margin of the season.
SFA led by 11 (52-41) as late as the 5:37 mark, but Nicholls would trim it down to two with 2:26 to play. Scott connected on a pair of free throws to stretch the lead back to four, but the Colonels answered immediately with a transition layup by Dantrell Thomas.
The Lumberjacks burned nearly the full 35-second shot clock on the ensuing possession before freshman point guard Darius Gardner tossed in a bucket with 1:03 left. Then Eddie Williams - playing limited minutes due to illness - got a steal and runout for a fast-break layup to all but put the game away with 46 seconds left.
Two possessions later, Williams rebounded a missed Nicholls 3-pointer with 26 seconds left, and Gardner went 4-for-4 at the stripe over the final 17 seconds to nullify Bose's fifth 3-pointer of the night.
Sophomore Antonio Bostic recorded his fourth double-digit scoring performance in five nights with 14 points. He was 2-for-2 on 3-pointers, both coming in crucial situations. The first erased Nicholls' last lead, giving SFA a 13-11 edge with 11:09 to play in the first half. His second came with 57 seconds left in the first period and sent the `Jacks to the locker room with a 31-26 halftime lead.
Freshman Amos Olatayo came off the bench for 10 points, including a 3-pointer to give SFA a seven-point lead with 11:15 to play. Gardner had six points - all at the line in the final minutes - to go with a career-high six rebounds. Junior Dion Prewster scored six points. Williams finished with four in his first appearance off the bench this season.
The Lumberjacks will be back in action Saturday, when they try to sweep the season series against UTSA and win their third straight contest. The game against the Roadrunners is set to begin at 6 p.m. from Johnson Coliseum.
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