Feb. 13, 2008
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Central Arkansas' only safe haven Wednesday night was the free throw stripe. The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks held the Bears to 23.1 percent shooting from the floor in collecting a 57-43 win at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Central Arkansas finished 18 of 19 from the foul line, its 94.7-percent accuracy at the stripe a season-high for SFA opponents. But the Bears went the first eight-and-a-half minutes of the game without a field goal and shot just 11.5 percent in the first half en route to the second-worst shooting night of the season by a Lumberjack foe.
The win improves SFA to 20-3 on the season, marking the Lumberjacks' third 20-win season under head coach Danny Kaspar. SFA remains in the lead in the Southland Conference West Division with an 8-2 SLC record. UCA falls to 13-11 on the season and 3-7 in league action.
The Bears didn't find the scoreboard until Durrell Nevels hit a pair of free throws at the 12:24 mark. But by that time, SFA had already staked itself to a 12-2 lead, and the Lumberjacks went on press their advantage to as many as 17. SFA took a 32-19 lead to the locker room after holding the Bears to only three first-half field goals.
SFA opened the game by hitting 50 percent from the floor. Both teams shot 34.6 percent in the second half, but the damage was already done for UCA.
Junior center Matt Kingsley scored 13 points to lead the Lumberjacks and just missed a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds. Backup center Benson Akpan scored 10 points, leading an effort that saw the SFA bench outscore its UCA counterparts, 23-9. Junior forward Josh Alexander scored 12 points with six rebounds.
Junior forward Nick Shaw scored five points, freshman guard Eddie Williams scored six points and senior forward Scott Weaver added five points and seven boards. As a team, SFA outrebounded the Bears, 41-34.
The Lumberjacks will be back in action Saturday, when they travel to Natchitoches, La., to take on Northwestern State. The game against the Demons is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.
-- SFA --