SFA Discards Gents to Prolong Road Woes, 94-57
Saturday, December 10, 2005

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Xavier Burnette

Larry Logan

Alexander Starr

NACOGDOCHES, Tex.—The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks easily disposed of the Centenary Gents in Nacogdoches, Texas, Saturday night 94-57. The loss is the 29th on the road in the last 30 attempts for the Gents and features the biggest margin of defeat to another mid-major school since Tulsa beat Centenary 84-44 in 2000.


Centenary (1-5) shot 36.4 percent in the first half compared to 56.4 percent for SFA to find itself down 33 points at the break, 56-23.


The game was never close as the Gents tied the game at 2-2 on a shot by Ian Maxwell just ahead of a 17-4 run by the home team, aided by seven Centenary turnovers. After the teams traded baskets over the next two minutes, the Lumberjacks exploded for a 22-3 spurt over the final 6:57 of the half to put the game away before the intermission. A lone free throw by Larry Logan and a bucket by Chris Watson would be all the maroon and white would manage during that span.


Stephen F. Austin (5-2) only outscored the Gents 38-34 in the second half but the damage had been done. Centenary was forced into committing 21 turnovers in the loss and was badly out-rebounded 41-30. The extra possessions for the Lumberjacks proved useful as SFA attempted 73 shots in 40 minutes of play compared to only 49 for the visiting Gents.


Josh Alexander led the Jacks with 18 points mostly due to a 4-of-7 shooting effort from behind the three-point line. Chaz Dykes provided 16 points off the bench and Matt Kingsley made good on his limited time, scoring 11 points in 17 minutes of action. Antuane Miller added 10 points to the cause while hauling in a game-high nine rebounds for SFA.


The only Centenary player to reach double figures was junior Xavier Burnette who tossed in 13 points on 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-3 from downtown, and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Logan and Alexander Starr each finished with nine points while Watson, the Gents leading scorer entering the game, was held to just eight tallies on 4-of-6 from the field.


Centenary will take a week off for finals and will return to the Gold Dome next Saturday to lock up with Birmingham-Southern at 3 p.m., a team the Gents just faced four days ago in Alabama.