HAMMOND, La. – Stephen F. Austin posted its poorest shooting effort since the season opener in dropping a 66-56 decision at Southeastern Louisiana Saturday. The Lumberjacks connected on just 33 percent from the field in their first loss against Southeastern since the 2005-06 season.
With the loss, SFA falls to 18-7 on the year and 8-4 in the Southland Conference, but the 'Jacks still lead the SLC East Division and stand second in the overall league standings. Southeastern improves to 15-10 overall with a 7-5 Southland mark. The Lions are now 12-1 in home games this season.
The Lumberjacks outrebounded Southeastern Louisiana, 34-28, and had 17 offensive rebounds but managed just nine second-chance points. The Lions blocked 10 shots, a season-high for SFA opponents, including five by Patrick Sullivan, who led all players with 20 points.
Junior Eddie Williams scored 16 points to pace SFA. Sophomore Jereal Scott added 14 points, and senior Walt Harris added 10. Junior forward Jordan Glynn pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
Southeastern held a 19-17 lead at halftime, the second time in SFA's last four games for neither team to break 20 points in the first half. Both teams went cold to end the period, as neither squad scored from the field over the final five minutes.
SFA outrebounded the Lions, 20-14, in the first half and had a 10-0 edge in offensive boards in the opening frame, but came away with just five second-chance points for the effort.
The 'Jacks shot just 25 percent before the half and didn't attempt a free throw in the opening frame. Southeastern blocked six shots in the first period.