The Lumberjacks bounce back behind a stifling defense and beat University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 66-51 in the final game of the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
The Jacks forced the Panthers into 15 turnovers in the matchup and allowed the lowest point tally to opposing matchups this season. SFA forced the Panthers to shoot only 32.8 percent from the field, and only 14.8 percent from behind the arc.
The first half was a more competitive affair than the second. After the Panthers scored the first points of the game, SFA went on a 17-8 run. However, the Panthers tied the game at 20 with six minutes left in the half, and took the lead behind a three from Jake Wright two minutes later. SFA fought back behind four points from Kevon Harris to retake the lead at 29-25 going into halftime.
Fresh out of halftime, the Lumberjacks went on a 16-2 run, and giving SFA their largest lead of the game at 17. The Panthers tried to claw back, but SFA’s combination of efficient offense and shutdown defense was too much for the Panthers to overcome.
For the second-straight game, Kevon Harris led the Jacks in points with 15 and 10 rebounds, followed by Jock Hughes, who earned his career-high in points with four three-pointers off the bench.
The three-point shot was on display for the Jacks. Alongside Hughes, Nathan Bain came off the bench to add three three-point shots and was perfect form behind the arc. Aaron Augustin also added his first three-pointer of the season, nailing SFA’s first points of the game.
SFA didn’t allow a Panther player to eclipse the 10-point mark. The leading point scorers for the Panthers were Jake Wright, Wil Simmons and Carson Warren-Newsome, who all had nine points apiece.
SFA will return to Nacogdoches when they take on Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+ and on radio at Q107.7.