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    Lumberjacks Host Louisiana-Lafayette
    Sophomore center Matt Kingsley led the team with seven rebounds against North Texas
    Sophomore center Matt Kingsley led the team with seven rebounds against North Texas

    Dec. 8, 2006

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Looking to Bounce Back: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team will try to rebound from its first home loss of the season Saturday when it hosts Louisiana-Lafayette. The game against the Ragin' Cajuns (2-5) is set for a 6 p.m. start from the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Louisiana-Lafayette is the second straight Sun Belt Conference opponent for the Lumberjacks (4-4).

    Last Game: SFA was defeated at home for the first time this year, as the Lumberjacks could not derail a hot-shooting North Texas team Wednesday in a 76-70 loss. North Texas shot 66 percent for the game, including a 73-percent effort in the first half. Sophomore forward Josh Alexander led all scorers with a season-high 22 points. Sophomore center Matt Kingsley scored 16 points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Chaz Dykes added 11 points. Despite being outrebounded, 31-21, the Lumberjacks beat UNT, 15-7, in second-chance points. However, the SFA bench, a strength all season, was outscored by the Mean Green reserves, 20-16. The Lumberjacks enjoyed their best free throw shooting night of the year, hitting 20 of 24 opportunites for an .833 free throw percentage.

    vs. Louisiana-Lafayette: The Lumberjacks hold a 4-1 all-time advantage in five games against the Ragin' Cajuns. The series began in 1931, with SFA taking a 30-19 victory. After a long hiatus, the series was renewed last year as part of the ESPN BracketBusters event. Louisiana-Lafayette collected a 66-63 win at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

    The Ragin' Cajuns: Louisiana-Lafayette enters Saturday's game with a 2-5 mark. The Ragin' Cajuns are coming off a 65-60 home win against Louisiana Tech. That victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Cajuns. Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off a 13-16 campaign in 2005-06.

    The Coaches: Danny Kaspar is in his seventh season as the head basketball coach at SFA. Kaspar is 97-80 (.548) in his time with the Lumberjacks. He is 316-132 (.705) in 15 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Louisiana-Lafayette is coached by third-year head coach Robert Lee. Lee's teams have gone 35-32 (.522) in his first head coaching assignment.

    Up Next: SFA will have a nine-day break before its next game. The Lumberjacks are scheduled to travel to Edinburg, Texas, on Dec. 18 for a game against Texas-Pan American. SFA will follow that game up with a Dec. 22 home game against Northern Illinois before breaking camp for the Christmas holiday.

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