March 6, 2010
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Jereal Scott scored 21 points for SFA on in the regular season finale, but in the end it was a jumper by UTSA's Terry Fields with just under a minute remaining in the game that gave the Roadrunners the edge and eventually the game as UTSA took a 65-63 win at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The `Jacks had a chance to tie or win it on the final possession, but a long three-point try by Walt Harris just missed off the front of the rim.
The loss was the first at home for the `Jacks (21, 11-5 SLC) in conference play since falling to UTA in 2008. Regardless of the outcome, SFA entered the game knowing that it had already secured the No. 2 overall seed in the upcoming Southland Conference Tournament.
SFA will likely take on UT-Arlington in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament on Wednesday at the Merrell Center in Katy. The official announcement of the tournament field will come on Sunday.
Scott led all scorers on the night with his 21 points, while Jordan Glynn, Walt Harris and Eddie Williams all joined him in double figures for SFA. Glynn added in 10 rebounds with his 10 points for his 11th double-double of the season.
Morris Smith IV led the `Runners with 13 points, while Fields and Demarco Stepter found themselves with double figures as well with 12 and 10 points apiece.
The teams traded the lead 14 times in the contest with neither team having a lead greater than six points at any time. The bench proved to be the edge for the `Runners as Brooks Thompson's subs outscored SFA's bench 21-5 on the night, with the `Jacks playing shorthanded in the finale.
SFA held a slim three-point lead with 4:29 remaining in the game on a jumper by Walt Harris, but the `Jacks only managed three more points the rest of the way as Demarco Stepter managed to put in six of his 10 points on the night in the final surge for UTSA. Harris knotted the game up at 63 apiece on a jumper from the top of the key with just over a minute remaining before Fields' leaner off the glass proved to be the difference.