Tech Holds Off SFA
Nov. 24, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - For the second time in as many games, Jordan Glynn pulled down an offensive rebound in the closing seconds with the chance for a crucial buzzer-beating shot. This time, it just didn't fall. Glynn's shot bounced off the rim as time expired, closing the book on a 63-61 Texas Tech win over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday in Johnson Coliseum.
Glynn grabbed the rebound following a scrum for the loose ball after junior guard Eddie Williams missed his second free throw long off the back iron with four seconds to play. Glynn shot from a crowd near the baseline but couldn't find the mark on what would have capped a furious late rally by SFA, as the `Jacks outscored Texas Tech, 13-6, over the final 4:37.
With the win Tech stays undefeated at 6-0, while SFA (1-2) suffered its first home loss in more than a year. The `Jacks brought a 15-game home unbeaten streak into Tuesday's contest and had not lost at home to a non-conference foe since the 2006-07 season.
The Red Raiders led by as many as 16 points early in the second period, but SFA whittled the margin down to single digits by the 7:49 mark, when Glynn hit a jumper in the paint on a feed from freshman Will Reinke to make it a 53-44 game.
Orren Tims forced a steal at mid-court on the ensuing Red Raider possession and outran the defense for a fast-break layup to make it a seven-point game. Then Williams stepped in front of a charge by Nick Okorie to get the ball back, setting up another Reinke-to-Glynn connection to trim the lead to five.
Tech pressed the lead back to nine two minutes later, but Williams answered two Red Raider foul shots with a 3-pointer, and sophomore center Jereal Scott tied up Darko Cohadarevic at the other end to get possession back on a tie-ball.
Coming out of a timeout, Tims got to the rim for a layup to make it a four-point game, then senior point guard Eric Bell swiped the ball from Tech's David Tairu with 3:07 to play. He called a savvy timeout as he was falling on the ball near midcourt, and Scott was fouled coming out of the break. He sank both shots to bring SFA within two points at 57-55 with 2:48 to play.
The Red Raiders answered with a 3-pointer by Tairu, but Scott found the net on a reverse layup two possessions later to again cut the lead to three with 38 seconds left. The `Jacks fouled John Roberson, who knocked down both shots at the other end.
Following a 30-second timeout, Williams canned his fourth 3-pointer of the game, setting a career-high and making the score 62-60 with 12 seconds to play. SFA fouled Mike Singletary, who hit one of two shots with nine seconds left.
Following a Texas Tech timeout, SFA inbounded the ball to Williams, who brought it into the frontcourt and was lining up his fifth 3-point attempt of the night when he was fouled. The whistle sent him to the stripe for a one-and-one with four seconds to play. He calmly drained the first one before intentionally missing on the second, setting up Glynn's last-second shot.
The two had combined on a similar play in Saturday's game against Jackson State, when Glynn rebounded a missed tip-in by Williams with time winding down and hit what proved to be the game-winner with 1.1 seconds left.
Williams finished with a game-high 19 points, the second straight time he's hit that total. He also pulled down five rebounds to tie with Scott for team-high honors on a night when SFA finished with a 31-28 advantage on the boards. Scott joined Williams in double digits with 15 points, one off his career high.
Cohadarevic scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting to pace the Red Raiders. Roberson added 14 points. The duo combined to go 13-for-15 at the foul stripe, leading Texas Tech to a 21-for-25 showing in the free throw department.
For SFA, Tims finished with eight points, while Glynn added six. Each player pulled down three rebounds. Reinke came off the bench for six points and four rebounds with two assists. Bell failed to find the scoring column but grabbed three boards to go with a season-high six assists and a blocked shot. Senior guard Walt Harris added five points, and senior forward Aaron Smith scored two points with four rebounds.
SFA tied its season-high by shooting .436 from the floor with a season-best .385 showing from 3-point range. The `Jacks outscored Texas Tech, 28-22, in the paint, and the SFA bench outscored the Red Raider reserves, 13-5.
The `Jacks broke well from the gate and held an eight-point lead (17-9) near the mid-point of the first period. But SFA coughed up 10 first-half turnovers, leading to 11 Texas Tech points, and the Red Raiders took a 33-27 lead to the locker room.
After the break, SFA committed just four turnovers, while taking eight off the Red Raiders' hands, evening the final count at 12 in the points off turnovers column.
The Lumberjacks will be back in action Saturday, when they host Huston-Tillotson in a 7 p.m. game at Johnson Coliseum.
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