March 10, 2004
ARLINGTON, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack men's basketball team will advance to the Southland Conference Championship game for the second consecutive season, after its thrilling 69-68 victory over Texas-Arlington Wednesday night in Arlington. The Lumberjacks are now 21-8 (.724) on the season.
The Lumberjacks' season seemed to be over, as they trailed the Mavericks by five points, 68-63, with only 40 seconds on the clock. But sophomore Marcus Clark gave the Lumberjacks a ray of hope when he nailed a three-pointer with 22 seconds, to cut the lead to 68-66.
SFA then fouled the Mavericks' Jarrett Howell to stop the clock with 21 seconds. Howell missed the front end of the one-and-one, keeping the Lumberjacks' chances alive and senior Antonio Burks converted that chance into reality. Burks, who struggled from the floor shooting only 4-of-13 (.308) nailed a three-pointer with 4.9 seconds left to give SFA a 69-68 advantage. The Mavericks couldn't score in the final seconds, as SFA held on for the win.
The Lumberjacks were 25-of-56 (.446) from the floor and were led by senior Dedrick Sanders who finished the game with 20 points and seven rebounds. Junior Hank Rivers recorded his first double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Senior B.J. Banks poured in 11, while Burks finished the night with 10. Burks' gamewinning three-pointer tied the SFA single-season mark (76).
UTA outshot the Lumberjacks, going 22-for-49 (.449) from the floor. The Mavericks were led by Derrick Obasohan who finished the night with 22 points.
The Lumberjacks will be in San Antonio, Friday to face third-seeded UTSA. The game against the Roadrunners is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., and will be televised on ESPN 2.