SE Louisiana 75, Stephen F. Austin 73
HAMMOND, La. (AP)—Quenell Green scored a career-high 22 points as Southeastern Louisiana held on for a 75-73 Southland Conference victory over Stephen F. Austin Saturday.
Ricky Woods, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half for Southeastern (8-5, 2-0 Southland), grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots, including one in the final minute that prevented the Lumberjacks from taking the lead in a game that saw 13 lead changes and high drama until the final buzzer.
Southeastern’s Chris Lee hit a pair of free throws with 2:51 left that gave the Lions a 72-65 lead. But SFA (7-5, 0-2) answered with consecutive 3-pointers from Josh Alexander and Gerald Fonzie that cut the lead to 72-71 with 1:46 remaining.
The Lumberjacks had a chance to take the lead after Woods was called for an offensive foul with 1:23 left. But he blocked Anthony Paez’s layup attempt and Leonard Harden snagged the rebound. Woods nailed a 17-foot jumper with 38.9 seconds on the Lions’ next possession to put Southeastern ahead, 74-71, before Keith Hardaway hit a tough jumper in the lane to get SFA to within 74-73 with 14.1 seconds remaining.
After Woods made one of two free throws with 13.1 seconds left, the Lumberjacks had one chance left, but a potential game-winning 3-pointer by Paez bounced off the front of the rim and Lee chased down the rebound to secure the Southeastern win.
Antuane Miller led SFA with 18 points and Hardaway added 10.