Lumberjacks hold off Lions, 65-60

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NACODOCHES, Texas – The Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball team committed 23 turnovers Wednesday night falling to Stephen F. Austin 65-60 in the Southland Conference opener on the road.

The Lions (4-10) led 26-17 late in the first half and seemed to have SFA reeling. The Lumberjacks cut into the lead right before the half as SLU led 26-21 at halftime.

The Lumberjacks (8-5) open the second half on an 11-2 run to take a 32-28 lead with 14:53 remaining.

SLU stayed within striking distance for much of the second half trailing 43-42 with 7:31 remaining. SFA, however, stormed on a 13-2 run to take a 56-45 lead with 3:11 left. Southeastern didn’t quit. The Lions fought back cutting it to a one possession game, 61-58, with 18 seconds left but the Lumberjacks hit four straight free throws to seal the game.

Southeastern did their job defensively holding the ‘Jacks to 20-for-51 shooting for 39 percent. The Lions, however, committed 20 turnovers. SFA shot 19-for-27 from the free throw line while SLU was 5-for-9.

SFA’s Shannon Bogues led all scorers with 18 points. SLU’s Brandon Gonzalez had 16 points including three 3-pointers. Von Julien added 13 for the Lions.

The Lumberjacks improved to 92-6 at home since the start of the 2012-13 season.

Southeastern will open the home portion of the Southland Conference schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. against Central Arkansas in the second half of a double header. The Lady Lions host UCA at 1 p.m.

Saturday’s games will be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the Lions Game Day Experience, TuneIn Radio and RadioFX apps. The contest will also air on ESPN+.

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BOX SCORE
SFA 65, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 60

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (4-10)
Gonzalez, Brandon 6-11 1-2 16; Julien, Von 5-7 2-3 13; Veal, Marlain 4-9 1-2
10; Greenwood, Moses 3-8 1-2 9; Brown, Kajon 4-8 0-0 9; Charleston, Keith 1-5 0-0 3; Brewer, Ty 0-0 0-0 0; Edwards, Parker 0-2 0-0 0; Diop, Pape 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 5-9 60.

SFA (8-5)
Shannon Bogues 5-11 7-8 18; Davonte Fitzgerald 4-13 6-8 15; Kevon Harris 5-11 2-2 15; John Comeaux 2-7 4-8 9; Karl Nicholas 2-4 0-0 4; Mitchell Seraille 1-3 0-0 2; Nathan Bain 1-2 0-1 2; Jovan Grujic 0-0 0-0 0; Oddyst Walker 0-1 0-0 0; Jock Hughes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 19-27 65.

Southeastern Louisiana…….. 26 34 – 60
SFA……………………… 21 44 – 65
3-point goals–Southeastern Louisiana 9-25 (Gonzalez, Brandon 3-8; Greenwood, Moses 2-4; Brown, Kajon 1-3; Veal, Marlain 1-2; Charleston, Keith 1-4; Julien, Von 1-2; Edwards, Parker 0-2), SFA 6-16 (Kevon Harris 3-6; John Comeaux 1-2; Shannon Bogues 1-4; Davonte Fitzgerald 1-3; Oddyst Walker 0-1). Fouled out–Southeastern Louisiana-Veal, Marlain, SFA-None. Rebounds–Southeastern Louisiana 31 (Brown, Kajon 6; Charleston, Keith 6), SFA 32 (Davonte Fitzgerald 12). Assists–Southeastern Louisiana 14 (Veal, Marlain 5), SFA 8 (John Comeaux 2; Shannon Bogues 2). Total fouls–Southeastern Louisiana 20, SFA 15. Technical fouls—Southeastern Louisiana-Greenwood, Moses, SFA-None. A-3124

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