NATCHITOCHES, La. – Eddie Williams scored 17 points to lead four Lumberjacks in double digits and help Stephen F. Austin to a 66-56 win at Northwestern State Wednesday. The road win is the first in Southland Conference play for the Lumberjacks and keeps them in first place in the Southland East Division.
Walt Harris, Jordan Glynn and Jereal Scott joined Williams in double digits, giving the ‘Jacks a quartet of double-figure scorers for just the second time this season.
SFA moves to 14-5 overall with a 4-2 record in Southland play, while Northwestern falls to 6-12 on the year with a 1-4 record against league competition.
Glynn and Scott both fouled out – Glynn with 6:30 to play and Scott with 3:23 to go – in a game that saw the teams combine for 46 fouls. SFA had an 11-point lead (54-43) when Glynn fouled out, and Northwestern would trim the lead as close as eight in the next couple of minutes.
After a free throw by Scott got the margin back to nine, Orren Tims – who came on in place of Glynn – ripped off a steal and went all the way for a fast-break dunk to give SFA a 57-46 lead.
Northwestern got within eight points three more times down the stretch, but SFA answered with an immediate bucket on all three occasions to keep the Demons at arm's length.
Tims finished with four points and six rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Scott narrowly missed his second career double-double with nine rebounds. Williams added seven boards, and Glynn had six, as SFA outrebounded the Demons, 41-35. Despite a 14-13 edge on the offensive glass by Northwestern, the ‘Jacks finished with a 12-7 edge in second-chance points.
Will Pratt scored 17 points to lead the Demons, and William Mosley added 13 with 19 rebounds. The Demons went 0-for-11 from 3-point range, the first time all season they've gone without a 3-pointer and the first time SFA has held an opponent without a three.
SFA will return to action Sunday, when the ‘Jacks travel to Lake Charles, La., to take on McNeese State. The game against the Cowboys is set to begin at 3 p.m. from the Lake Charles Civic Center.