The Lumberjacks earned their second-straight loss at the hands of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, 65-55, Wednesday night at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.
With the loss, SFA joins Houston Baptist and TAMUCC for a three-way tie for sixth place with a conference record of 6-7. Central Arkansas sits in ninth place, and one game behind the three teams.
Shannon Bogues and Kevon Harris scored 31 of SFA’s 55 points. Bogues, who was celebrating his birthday, scored a team-leading 17 points and four assists. Harris had 14 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.
The Lumberjacks’ struggles started early as they found themselves down 17-0 in the opening seven minutes of the game. SFA didn’t score their first points until Nathan Bain split a trip to the free throw line with 13:23 remaining in the first half. The Jacks battled back and went on a 7-0 run to close out the first half, and brought the deficit down to three points at the halftime buzzer.
In the second half, both teams traded blows until the 13:18 mark, when Jovan Grujic made a layup to bring the score level for the first time since the opening tip-off. Three minutes later, John Comeaux tied the game again with a three-pointer in the corner. After that, the Islanders ran away with the second half, and kept the deficit to double-digits for the final four minutes of the game.
SFA lost the rebound battle 41-32 to the Islanders. Likewise, the Islanders also scored 30 of their 65 points in the paint compared to SFA’s 24.
Kareem South led the Islanders with 29 points, including putting up TAMUCC’s first three shots from three-point land. South also got a double-double with a team-leading 12 rebounds. Following South was Emmanuel Toney’s 12 points and a game-high six assists.
The Lumberjacks will be back in action against Incarnate Word at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.