SFA Eases To Win Over Concordia, 106-59
Nov. 23, 2004
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Sophomore Josh Porter scored a career high 24 points and senior Hank Rivers added a double-double as Stephen F. Austin (1-1) cruised to a 106-59 win over Concordia-Austin in the home opener for the Lumberjacks Tuesday night. Rivers added 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Leonard Brown added 11 points for SFA as 11 different Lumberjacks got in the scoring column.
Keith Darden led Concordia with 14 points while Brandon Graves added 10 for the Tornados.
The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 14-4 lead with 15:37 remaining in the first half behind the shooting of Porter and tough defense early which forced Concordia into 18 first half turnovers. The Lumberjacks turned those mistakes into 21 points in the first half and scored 39 points off turnovers in the game. The Tornados did manage to cut the lead back to seven points at 23-16 with 10:15 left in the first half before SFA came alive offensively and stretched the lead to as many as 20 points before taking a 53-35 lead into halftime.
Marcus Clark hit a three pointer in the opening seconds of the second half on his way to nine points and the `Jacks quickly stretched the lead to 72-40 with 16:01 left in the game. Rivers added 13 of his 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the second half of play to finish the night with 12 boards. SFA dominated the glass outrebounding Concordia 45-10.
SFA shot an even 60 percent from the field (39-65) and continued to shoot well from the free throw line, making 20 of 24 free throw attempts. The `Jacks are now 40-44 at the line after two games. Concordia shot a good percentage as well, connecting on 24 of 49 field goals (.490), but was only 3-11 (.273) from beyond the three point arc.
The Lumberjacks travel to Ames, Iowa to take part in the American Family Insurance Cyclone Challenge Friday and Saturday. SFA takes on Bucknell in the opening round game Friday at 5:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KTBQ-FM (107.7) beginning at 5:15 p.m. ™