SFA Moves To 2-1 In SLC Play With Win Over Lions
Jan. 17, 2004
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks extended their home court winning streak to 23 straight games Saturday evening with a 61-43 win over Southeastern Louisiana (10-4, 2-1). The win moves SFA to 11-3 on the season and 2-1 in Southland Conference play.
Four Lumberjacks ended the night with 10 points each to lead SFA. Josh Porter scored a career high 10 off the bench to go along with Antonio Burks, Jasen Gast and B.J. Banks in pacing the Lumberjack attack. SFA shot .524 (22-42) for the game while holding SLU to only 14 of 44 (.318) from the field. In a match-up of two of the best defensive teams in the conference, SFA came out on top for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.
The 'Jacks outrebounded the Lions by a 35-34 total. SLU entered the game with the best rebounding margin in the SLC, outrebounding oponents by an average of 5.5 rebounds per game. Nate Lofton the SLC's leading rebounded had a game high eight rebounds, while Taylor Moore led the 'Jacks with seven.
The Lions held only one lead in the game, that coming ith 17:15 remaining in the first half (7-4) when Michael Gardener hit a lay-up for the Lions. B.J. Banks tied the gmae at 7-7 on a three pointer moments later and SFA took the lead at the 15:53 mark on a jumper by Antonio Burks. The 'Jacks then built as much as a 15-point lead in the first half before going in at the break up by 13, 34-21.
Southeastern trimmed the lead to 10 points once in the second half, but never seriously threatened.
SFA returns to action Thursday night against UL-Monroe, in Monroe, La. Game time is set for 7:45 p.m.