Nov. 21, 2007
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Junior forward Nick Shaw scored 17 points and pulled down 16 rebounds Wednesday night in Stephen F. Austin's 71-68 victory against Louisiana-Monroe. The effort marked Shaw's first double-double in a Lumberjack uniform and both totals are career highs, but none of his 16 boards were as big as the last two.
Shaw pulled down an offensive rebound in traffic with 18 seconds to play and his team up by two, extending the SFA possession and forcing ULM to foul. After senior guard Gerald Fonzie knocked down the back end of the resulting pair of free throws, the Warhawks were forced into a desperation 3-point shot as time expired. Fittingly, Shaw was there to meet the ball and cradle it home, sealing the win and putting the icing on top of his biggest game yet as a Lumberjack.
The transfer from Collin County Community College played all 40 minutes and spread his production evenly over the course of the game. He nearly had his double-double before halftime, scoring 11 points and pulling down nine boards in the first 20 minutes. Shaw knocked down seven of 11 attempts from the field and also dished out three assists.
The win improves SFA's record to 3-1 and a perfect 3-0 in home contests, while ULM falls to 1-3 on the year.
Three other players joined Shaw in double digits scoring, led by juniors Josh Alexander and Matt Kingsley, who each poured in 18 points. This marks the fourth time in as many games for Kingsley to lead SFA in scoring. Sophomore point guard Eric Bell recorded his first double-figure scoring performance with 12 points and finished one assist shy of his first career double-double with nine.
SFA took command early, using a 10-0 run to take a 14-5 lead with 13:31 left in the first period. Shaw scored four points during the run, and Alexander hit a 3-pointer before capping the streak with a tip-in.
Louisiana-Monroe cut into the lead slowly then took a one-point advantage on a jumper by Tony Hooper at the 8:42 mark. The lead changed hands three more times down the stretch. Kingsley scored two buckets in the final two minutes, his second giving the `Jacks a 36-34 lead with 26 seconds left. Fonzie then ripped off a steal at the other end, and Bell ran the clock down before driving to the paint for a jumper with no time left to send SFA to the locker room ahead, 38-34.
After six lead changes in the opening period, SFA held its composure in the second frame. ULM tied the count at 40 less than two minutes into the second half, but SFA answered with a 10-0 run keyed by eight points from Alexander and capped by a dunk from Shaw.
SFA led by as many as 14, but the Warhawks clawed back into contention by knocking down 14 of their 15 second-half free throw attempts. ULM closed to within two twice in the closing minutes, the second time coming with 45 seconds left, just before Shaw's offensive rebound.
After opening the game by knocking down 55 percent from the field in the first period, the Lumberjacks finished at 45 percent from the floor, their second-best shooting night of the season. SFA outrebounded the Warhawks, 41-36, marking the third time this season for the Lumberjacks to win the battle of the boards and the second 40-plus rebounding effort of the year. Alexander pulled down eight rebounds, and Kingsley finished with seven, to go along with Shaw's 16.
SFA outscored ULM, 34-18, in the paint and scored 18 points off turnovers. A game after giving the ball away 23 times in a loss at Texas Tech, the Lumberjacks recorded a season-low seven turnovers against the Warhawks.
The Lumberjacks will return to action Saturday when they travel to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois in a 7 p.m. contest.
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