Feb. 12, 2007
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Northwestern State Demons shot 56 percent in the second half, including 66.7 on 3-pointers, to turn a five-point halftime deficit into a 67-57 win against Stephen F. Austin Monday night in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Demons knocked down six of the nine 3-pointers they attempted in the second half on the way to shooting 53.8 percent from beyond the arc for the game.
The loss dropped SFA to 14-9 on the year and 7-4 in Southland Conference action, while the SLC-East leading Demons improved to 13-10 overall and 8-3 in conference games.
The Lumberjacks outshot Northwestern in the opening frame, hitting 42.3 percent and holding the Demons to 34.5 percent. That allowed SFA to take a 29-24 margin to the locker room. But Northwestern made up the ground quickly, tying the score at 34 on a Luke Rogers 3-pointer just under two minutes into the second half.
A Rogers jumper on the Demons' next possession gave them the lead and they never relinquished it. Northwestern State pressed its advantage by pressing the Lumberjacks for nearly the entire second half. The Demons scored 14 points off turnovers in the second half and got out in front for six fast-break points.
The Lumberjacks answered with some defensive pressure of their own and cut the lead to five with 5:30 left when Matt Kingsley finished off a fast break with a dunk following a Chaz Dykes steal. But that was as close as SFA would get. The Demons stretched the lead back out to eight with a three by Colby Bargeman on the ensuing possession and kept the Lumberjacks at arm's length down the stretch.
Jermaine Spencer finished with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead Northwestern. Rogers tallied 16 points, and Bargeman finished with 15 on 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range.
Kingsley scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to pace SFA. Sophomore forward Josh Alexander knocked down 3-of-6 3-pointers to score 13 points, and his five rebounds led the team. Three Lumberjacks - Kingsley, senior guard Will Johnson and senior center Antuane Miller - pulled down four rebounds apiece. Four SFA players - Alexander, senior point guard Gerald Fonzie, Dykes and Johnson - dished out four assists each, as the Lumberjacks finished with 18 dimes, three off their season-high.
SFA will be back in action Wednesday, when the Lumberjacks travel to Huntsville, Texas, for a rematch with rival Sam Houston State. The game against the Bearkats is set to tip at 7 p.m. from Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
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