'Jacks Fight Back For 68-67 Win Over Sam Houston
Jan. 29, 2004
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks rallied from a 13-point first half deficit to beat Sam Houston 68-67 Thursday night in front a 4,431 fans in the William R. Johnson Coliseum and a Fox Sports regional television audience.
The 'Jacks fell behind early as Sam Houston came out smoking behind the hot shooting of Othello Alford. Alford ended the night with a game high 26 points and had 17 at the half after connecting on five of six three pointers in the first 20 minutes of play. Alford was 6-8 from the field in the first half and helped the Bearkats open up a 13-point lead with 8:15 to go in the first half.
SFA then went on a 16-4 run to take a lead of its own, 33-31 with 1:45 left in the half before seeing the Bearkats close out the half on a 7-1 run of their own. The 'Jacks trailed 38-34 at the half and saw Sam Houston score the first three points of the second half to stretch the lead back to seven points.
SFA finally took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Antonio Burks with 9:43 to play which game SFA a 51-50 lead. The 'Jacks then scored six unanswered to stretch the lead to seven. The 'Jacks held the lead with each team trading baskets down the stretch before Sam Houston narrowed the gap to only two points with 8.3 seconds to play. Marcus Clark was fouled and went to the line and made both free throws to give SFA a 68-64 lead. Sam Houston's Chris Jordan nailed a three at the buzzer which cut the lead to the final of 68-67.
The Lumberjacks shot an even 40 percent (22-550 from the field while Sam Houston shot .458 (22-48). The bearkats were also 10-19 on three point attempts in the game (.526). however, Sam Houston made only 13 of 23 (.565) at the line while the 'Jacks went 20-28 (.714), including 11-12 (.917) in the second half of play.
SFA travels to Hammond, La. Saturday to take on the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. SFA beat the Lions 61-43 earlier this month in Nacogdoches.