`Jacks Edge Texas State In OT

Feb. 19, 2011

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Jereal Scott scored a career-high 30 points and Darius Gardner hit a 3-pointer with one second left Saturday as Stephen F. Austin knocked off Southland Conference-leading Texas State, 73-70, in overtime.

Texas State (13-13, 8-4 Southland) had not lost since Jan. 29, a five-game streak that began with a 66-61 win over SFA in San Marcos, Texas. But the `Jacks (16-8, 7-5) got a strong inside game from Scott and some timely shooting from Gardner to even the season series with the Bobcats.

Gardner's three came on an assist from Eddie Williams after Texas State's Tony Bishop tied the score at 70 on a layup with 22 seconds to play. J.B. Conley let loose a desperation shot from mid-court that bounced off, ending the Bobcats' win streak and keeping the Lumberjacks' conference title hopes alive.

SFA led by as many as 11 in the second half and held an eight-point edge (54-46) with 7:56 to play. But Texas State went on a 7-0 run to trim the lead to one with 4:52 to play. The Bobcats took their first lead of the half, 59-58, on a pair of Ryan White free throws with 34 seconds left.

SFA burned clock then worked the ball inside to Scott on its last possession, but he was fouled going to the rim. The junior center missed the first free throw attempt but connected on the second to send the game to overtime.

The Lumberjacks got seven of their 14 points in the extra period at the stripe, where they were 7-for-10. The score was tied at 64 with 1:21 to play when Texas State's John Bowman fouled Williams after an offensive rebound. Bowman was then whistled for a technical, fouling himself out of the game and giving SFA four attempts from the free throw line.

Jordan Glynn knocked down the two from the technical, then Williams hit the second shot off the initial personal foul. The Bobcats countered with a layup from Bishop, then Scott laid in his 30th point of the night to make it a 69-66 Lumberjack lead. Bishop answered again with 36 seconds left to cut it to one.

On the ensuing SFA possession, Texas State fouled Gardner to stop the clock with 22 seconds to play. He missed the first attempt but hit the second to give the `Jacks a two-point cushion. But Bishop got to the rim again to tie the score, setting up Gardner's final shot.

The freshman had SFA's only two 3-point baskets on the night, as the `Jacks went 2-for-12 from distance as a team. Gardner finished with 12 points, three off his career high. He added five rebounds and two assists.

Scott was 11-for-16 from the field, giving him a career-high for field goals, and pulled down nine rebounds to tie Williams for the team lead. SFA outrebounded Texas State, 41-31, including 13 boards on offense. The `Jacks finished with 17 second-chance points.

Glynn finished with 12 points to give SFA three players in double figures. All five Lumberjack starters played at least 35 minutes, including career-highs for Scott (39) and Glynn (42).

Tony Bishop scored 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Bobcats. That marks the first time this season an opposing player has recorded double-figure rebounds against SFA. Ryan White added 19 points on an 8-for-11 effort from the foul line. He dished out nine assists.

Saturday's overtime game came just three days after a 66-65 loss in overtime at UT Arlington. That marks the first time since 2001-02 for SFA to play in two straight overtime games. It's just the sixth time in program history for that to happen. Saturday's game was the third time in 11 years under head coach Danny Kaspar for the Lumberjacks to play an overtime game against Texas State. SFA is 3-0 against the Bobcats in those contests.

Texas State's 70 points broke a streak of 37 consecutive home games for SFA to hold the opposition below 70.

The Lumberjacks will be back in action Wednesday when they host Lamar. The game against the Cardinals is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. from Johnson Coliseum.

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