SFA Takes Hold Of SLC Lead With Win Over ORU
Jan. 12, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Antonio Bostic led three Lumberjacks in double figures with 16 points and Stephen F. Austin took hold of first place in the Southland Conference with a 61-50 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday at the Mabee Center.
The Lumberjacks (14-1, 5-0 SLC) are now the only team left unscathed in conference play and held the Golden Eagles (8-8, 3-1 SLC) to just one point over its lowest scoring output of the season and held the league's leading scorer Warren Niles to just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting in extending its win streak to nine games.
Taylor Smith had his streak of double-doubles come to an end with just seven points and seven boards, but was a factor defensively with three blocks along with holding ORU big man Damen Bell-Holter to just eight points after he had averaged nearly 30 points over his past three games.
SFA shot 46.7 percent from the floor, but held ORU to just 37.5 percent and 6-for-18 from beyond the arc, with three of them coming in the game's final 3:30. The `Jacks also outrebounded the Golden Eagles 34-32 in a battle of the two top rebounding teams in the Southland Conference.
The `Jacks hit four of its seven three-point tries in the opening half to build as much as a 12-point lead before going without a field goal for the final 3:35 and taking a 27-21 lead into the break. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles could not find much from outside in the opening period, hitting just one of its nine shots from beyond the arc.
The Golden Eagles got the first bucket of the game, but the `Jacks answered with an 11-2 run over an eight-minute stretch of the half, aided by triples from both Bostic and Parker. ORU did a good job of limiting Smith to just one field goal and three total points in the opening period, but Bostic and Haymon picked up the slack, going for 15 of SFA's points in the opening period.
In the second half the Lumberjacks did much of its damage from the foul line, attempting 20 second-half foul shots after just four in the opening period. It took them 10 minutes to push the lead back to double digits on a floater in the lane from Trey Pinkney as part of a 10-2 SFA run.
From there ORU never got back any closer than nine points with the `Jacks leading by as much as 15 with just under four minutes to play. The Golden Eagles slowed the game down and looked like they might have a chance to get back in it after SFA missed six consecutive free throws in the game's final minutes. But ORU could do no better than cut the lead to nine and the `Jacks managed to make each of its final eight shots from the foul line to close things out.
The `Jacks will look to run its win streak to 10 games in a row on Thursday when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana at William R. Johnson Coliseum.