A combined 62 points from Kevon Harris and Davonte Fitzgerald was enough to help the Lumberjacks escape overtime and beat the Central Arkansas Bears, 105-99, Wednesday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA went into the final minute of regular time down by two, until Nathan Bain made a layup with 23 seconds left. Central Arkansas brought the ball down and drained the clock to three seconds before making a shot attempt. Shannon Bogues blocked the shot, and gave the Bears 2.3 seconds to get a shot off.
UCA’s Hayden Koval missed a layup and Eddy Kayouloud missed the putback at the buzzer.
In overtime, the Jacks would get started early courtesy of 3-point field goal from Fitzgerald within the first 20 seconds of play. Both teams traded blows until Harris made a layup with 50 seconds remaining to give the Jacks a four-point lead. From there, SFA didn’t let their lead drop below five for the remainder of the game.
At the final buzzer, SFA secured their third-straight conference win, improved their conference record to 4-3 and moved into fourth place in the Southland standings. The Bears dropped to 5-4 in conference.
SFA began with Fitzgerald scoring SFA’s first 10 points. At the end of the first quarter, SFA shot 17-for-31 (54.8 percent) from the field and 6-for-12 (50 percent) from behind the arc. Harris would score 20 of those points and would make all four of his 3-point shots.
SFA shot 14-for-31 (45.2 percent) from the field and 3-for-10 (30 percent) from three-point land in the second half.
Harris led all scorers with 33 points and a game and team-high 16 rebounds and five assists. Following Harris was Fitzgerald who added 29 points, and Bogues who had 18 points. Bain added to his highlight reel with a couple of thunderous dunks to contribute to his 10 points.
DeAndre Jones led the Bears with 29 points and eight assists. Jones fouled out with 1:22 remaining in overtime. Behind Jones was Matthew Mondesir and Thatch Unruh who had 16 points each. Mondesir also accumulated six assists.
The Lumberjacks will be back in action at 7 p.m. Saturday, when they take on rival Sam Houston Bearkats in Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas.