Dec. 12, 2009
FARMVILLE, Va. -
Jereal Scott scored a career-high 22 points, including 12 in the second half to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 73-69 win at Longwood Saturday in Willett Hall.
The win is SFA's fifth straight and moves the Lumberjacks to 6-2 on the season. The Lancers fall to 1-9 this year.
Scott, a sophomore center, was 8-of-15 including a go-ahead layup in the final minute and led an effort that saw the `Jacks outscore Longwood, 32-20, in the paint.
Junior forward Jordan Glynn posted his third consecutive double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. His 11th board sealed the win as he tipped out a missed foul shot with six seconds to play. Eddie Williams grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He iced the win by hitting both free throws, his only points of the second half.
The Lumberjacks finished with a 32-30 edge in rebounding and shot 50 percent for the game. They forced 17 Longwood turnovers and finished with a 24-5 edge in points off turnovers.
Williams scored 12 first-half points and finished with 14 for the game. Walt Harris added eight points - seven after halftime - and Eric Bell posted a season-high eight assists.
Dana Smith and Aaron Mitchell scored 14 points apiece to lead the Lancers.
Longwood went on a 7-2 run late in the first half and held a 42-37 lead with time running out. But Will Reinke banked in a baseball-toss shot from behind the halfcourt line as time expired to send the game to the break with Longwood up, 43-40.
The Lancers connected on 6-of-9 from 3-point range in the first half and led by as many as seven in the opening period. SFA stayed in the game by going 12-for-19 at the foul line and taking a 13-5 lead in points off turnovers. The `Jacks forced 10 first-half turnovers.
SFA's biggest lead in the first period came early in the half and was just a three-point margin. The Lancers' hot shooting kept the `Jacks from pulling away.
Saturday's win marks the third time this season the `Jacks have trailed at the half and come back for the victory. They did that just once all of last year.
Coming into Saturday's contest, Longwood carried a 35-18 record at home over the last four-plus seasons. The Lancers went 13-2 at home last season and brought a 1-1 home record into the game with SFA. Their recent home success has included wins against Liberty (three times), James Madison (twice), Gardner-Webb and George Washington.
Longwood is coming off a 17-14 record in 2008-09, the program's best since joining the Division I ranks for the 2004-05 season.
SFA will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 19, when the Lumberjacks travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Razorbacks. That game is scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m.
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