The Lumberjack basketball team got 41 points from its bench, including a game-high 23 from junior Kevin Broussard, to pick up its second consecutive win of the season, 72-66, over Wiley College on Wednesday at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Broussard was on fire from the get go, hitting each of his first seven shots from the floor – including six three-point buckets – on his way to the highest scoring night of any Lumberjack this season. It was also the first time a Lumberjack had six threes in a game since Josh Alexander did so on March 12, 2009 against Southeastern Louisiana.
But he was not the only SFA (3-2) bench player with a big night as Jonathan King just missed a double-double with 12 points and eight boards off the pine. Meanwhile, senior Jereal Scott backed up his 17-point night at UTEP on Saturday with an 18-point, six-rebound night on Wednesday against the Wildcats (3-4).
In all, SFA canned a season-high eight triples on 16 tries and managed to outscore Wiley 26-10 on points in the paint. The Wildcats still managed to hit seven threes of their own to stay in the game throughout the evening, and put four players in double figures, led by Freddie Haynes' 14 points and three assists.
Antonio Bostic saw his streak of four consecutive games in double figures come to a end with just four points on 2-of-7 shooting from the floor, but the junior still managed to grab a career-best eight boards in helping the ‘Jacks control the glass with a 41-28 edge for the night.
Broussard and Scott were each in double figures by halftime with the duo combining to score 12 of SFA's first 15 points with the ‘Jacks racing out to a quick 15-3 lead in the first 6:30 of the game. SFA got ahead by as much as 17 in the first period when Broussard knocked in his fourth triple of the half, and then found King on the very next possession for a bucket that capped a 12-2 run that pushed the lead to 27-10 with 8:32 left in the half.
But the Wildcats managed to chip away at the lead in the final minutes of the half, holding the ‘Jacks without a field goal for nearly six minutes of game time as they closed the gap to 35-27 at the break.
SFA looked as though it would run away from Wiley to open the second half, needing less than nine minutes to turn its eight-point cushion into a 21-point advantage when Broussard and Darius Gardner both hit threes as part of an 8-2 SFA spurt that opened the game up at 61-40 with 11:08 remaining in the game; however, the Wildcats then went on a 10-2 run of their own to get to within a dozen points with plenty of time remaining with Haynes and Dominic Jones providing all of the offense during that span.
The ‘Jacks then clamped down and held Wiley without a made shot from the floor for more than three minutes while, but couldn't stretch the lead and saw the Wildcats get back to within single digits at the 2:34 mark of the game on a jumper from Kenny LaGuerre.
But it was too little, too late for Wiley as SFA needed just two free throws the rest of the way and despite a late Wildcat three with 32 seconds remaining, the ‘Jacks were able to run out the final ticks to close out the victory.
SFA will look to make it three in a row on Saturday when it travels to College Station to take on No. 25 Texas A&M at Reed Arena. Tip time is set for 7:00 p.m.