The Lumberjacks defeated the Abilene Christian University Wildcats 71-61 tonight at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Jacks improve to 18-3 and remain first in the Southland Conference with a 9-1 record. The Wildcats are now 11-9 with a 6-3 SLC record.
Senior guard Kevon Harris was named Player of the Game in which he led the team in both scoring and steals with 19 and four, respectively. He also recorded two assists and four rebounds.
It was a tight back-and-forth affair in the first period with the Lumberjacks ahead 32-31 going into halftime. Both teams tied seven times and the lead changed six times. SFA head coach Kyle Keller credited the Wildcats for their performance in the opening stanza.
“Abilene Christian is a really good team,” Keller said. “Coach [John] Golding is an excellent basketball coach. They came in and— like you need to on the road— they punched us in the mouth pretty good.”
SFA trailed the Wildcats 29-24 with 2:57 left in the first period, but then went on an 8-2 run to close out the first period.
The Wildcats opened the second period after a layup by sophomore forward Joe Pleasant which gave them the lead once again at 33-32 only 30 seconds in. SFA regained the lead a few seconds later after 3-pointer by Harris made the score 35-33. As a unit, the Jacks had a 77.8 3-point percentage in the second half and concluded with 53.8.
ACU never regained the lead again as the Jacks outscored them 36-28 for the remainder of the contest.
Roti Ware, John Comeaux and Cameron Johnson all contributed by combining for 40 points tonight.
The Lumberjacks will travel to Huntsville for a pivotal SLC matchup with rival Sam Houston State University Bearkats at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and Q107.7 will provide radio coverage.