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3/18/2008 - Amherst

Early Exit For Jacks in NIT

By: Coleman Swierc

The best season in SFA history is over.

After a tumultous few days, in which the 'Jacks traveled over 1650 miles to Massachucetts, it seemed as though they just could not get their legs under them, falling in the first round to a bigger and faster UMASS, 80-60.

The 'Jacks would keep it close in the first half, trailing only by eight.

SFA would even cut the lead to one, 35-34,  after a 9-2 run to start the second, but then UMASS took over. A 13-0 run put the Minutemen up 14, and the lead grew from there, evenutally hitting 27 points, before finishing at 20.

UMASS, (22-10), out of the A-10 conference, looked every bit of a NCAA tournament team, despite being snubbed in the selection, was lead by Dante Milligan, who just missed a triple-double, with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks.

The smaller 'Jacks were led by SLC Player of the Year, Josh Alexander, who scored 21 points, and pulled in 7 boards.

SFA ends the year with an outstanding 26-6 record, and a SLC regular season championship.

The 'Jacks will most likely be the overwhelming favorite for the SLC title again, as they return 4 starters, and sixth man Eddie Williams, as well as bringing in one of the highest touted recruiting classes in school history.

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