THIBODAUX, La. - Jereal Scott scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Stephen F. Austin got its first road win against Nicholls in six years with a 64-57 verdict over the Colonels Wednesday night in Stopher Gymnasium.
Nicholls connected on 11 3-pointers - a season-high for SFA opponents - but the Colonels shot just 36 percent from the field and Scott helped the Lumberjacks to a 28-12 edge in the paint.
The Lumberjacks (14-7, 5-4 Southland) had not beaten Nicholls in Thibodaux since the 2004-05 season. The Colonels (11-10, 5-5) suffered just their second home loss of the year.
Leading scorer Anatoly Bose finished with a game-high 26 points, but no other Nicholls starter managed more than eight, and Bose needed 24 shot attempts to get his points. The Lumberjacks outrebounded Nicholls, 45-17, coming within a single board of tying for their largest margin of the season.
SFA led by 11 (52-41) as late as the 5:37 mark, but Nicholls would trim it down to two with 2:26 to play. Scott connected on a pair of free throws to stretch the lead back to four, but the Colonels answered immediately with a transition layup by Dantrell Thomas.
The Lumberjacks burned nearly the full 35-second shot clock on the ensuing possession before freshman point guard Darius Gardner tossed in a bucket with 1:03 left. Then Eddie Williams - playing limited minutes due to illness - got a steal and runout for a fast-break layup to all but put the game away with 46 seconds left.
Two possessions later, Williams rebounded a missed Nicholls 3-pointer with
26 seconds left, and Gardner went 4-for-4 at the stripe over the final 17 seconds to nullify Bose's fifth 3-pointer of the night.
Sophomore Antonio Bostic recorded his fourth double-digit scoring performance in five nights with 14 points. He was 2-for-2 on 3-pointers, both coming in crucial situations. The first erased Nicholls' last lead, giving SFA a 13-11 edge with 11:09 to play in the first half. His second came with 57 seconds left in the first period and sent the 'Jacks to the locker room with a 31-26 halftime lead.
Freshman Amos Olatayo came off the bench for 10 points, including a 3-pointer to give SFA a seven-point lead with 11:15 to play. Gardner had six points - all at the line in the final minutes - to go with a career-high six rebounds. Junior Dion Prewster scored six points. Williams finished with four in his first appearance off the bench this season.