Lumberjacks Earn #SouthlandStrong Victory in Waco

first_imgPlaying near his hometown of Killeen, Texas, the guard helped SFA erase a six-point deficit with 2:28 left by scoring or assisting on each of the three baskets during the ‘Jacks’ 7-0 run to end the game. FIRST HALF• Both the ‘Jacks and Bears had answers for each others’ buckets through the first 13 minutes of the defense-oriented opening half. Neither team opened up a lead greater than four points in that span and a 5-0 run that finished with a reverse layup from Karl Nicholas gave SFA its largest lead of the half at 21-18 with 6:53 left. • Baylor answered the ‘Jacks’ momentary surge from downtown with a 11-0 run that saw five different Bears score points. King McClure finished the scoring spree with a three-pointer that put SFA at a 29-21 disadvantage with 3:42 remaining. • The final 6:52 of the opening frame saw the ‘Jacks go cold from the field. SFA connected on just a single field goal in that span while the Bears embarked on a 15-4 run to conclude the frame. • SFA’s only field goal through the final 6:52 came in the form of a driving layup from Bogues with 1.5 seconds left that gave the senior a team-high seven at the break. Aside from the make, SFA kept it a single-digit game by getting free throw makes from Bain and Fitzgerald late in the stanza. • Despite shooting .333/.250/.500 through the frame, SFA kept things within single digits by forcing 12 turnovers and allowing the Bears to shoot just 3-of-13 (23.1-percent) from long range. SECOND HALF• Going like gangbusters early in the deciding frame, Bogues took off on a personal 9-0 run through the opening 2:53 of the frame. That single-handed scoring spree included a fallaway three-pointer in the corner that put the visitors up 34-33 with 17:07 left. • Baylor, however, netted the next five points and went ahead 38-34 on a three-point make by Matthew Mayer with 15:17 left.• Davonte Fitzgerald showed up in a big way from there, scoring the ‘Jacks’ next eight points which included a big-time two handed flush. Those buckets helped SFA trade punches with Baylor and Kevon Harris slung in a three-pointer to put the visitors up 45-44 with 12:12 to go. • Following that three-pointer, however, SFA went cold from the field again. The ‘Jacks put in just one field goal in the next eight minutes while Baylor turned to Tristan Clark to try and overcome SFA’s pressure defense. Clark pumped in eight point during the Bears’ 11-2 run and capped that surge with a jumper that put the ‘Jacks in a 55-47 hole with 4:49 to go. • Mitchell Seraille finally ended that run when he punched home a put-back dunk off of a miss from Harris with 4:40 left. • Clark kept the Bears ahead by six, 58-52, by splitting a pair at the free throw line with 2:23 left. From there, however, Bogues took control. • The senior found Fitzgerald in the paint for a short jumper before sinking a contested three-pointer to pull SFA within one with 40 ticks to go. After Makai Mason bricked a running jumper, Harris gathered the rebound and dished to Bogues who finished off the Bears with his make at the horn. KEY PERFORMERS/STATISTICS OF NOTE• Bogues was the different for the ‘Jacks, but a number of other players had big games, too. Fitzgerald finished with 15 points and all but three were scored in the second half. The graduate forward went 5-of-8 from the field during the second half.• Harris added 11 in the game and came up clutch from three-point land. The junior went 3-of-4 from downtown and made both of his long range tries in the second half to help lead the ‘Jacks to victory. • As a team, SFA shot an impressive .520/.556/.750 in the final 20 minutes of action. As impressive as the ‘Jacks’ offense was, their defense may have been more eye-popping as SFA held Baylor to a shooting spilt of .300/.111/.500 in the final frame. The Bears went just 1-of-11 from three-point land in the frame and finished the game 4-of-24 from downtown. • Tristan Clark led the way for the Bears by putting in a game-high 24 points on the strength of a 9-for-9 effort from the field. Clark drilled six of his 10 free throw tries, too, and totaled seven of the Bears’ 39 rebounds. • The Bears’ Mark Vital skied to grab a game-high 12 rebounds while adding seven points and a game-high five steals.• SFA forced 18 turnovers and turned them into 14 points on the night. The ‘Jacks finished -5 (39-34) in the rebounding department but used a .423/.382 edge in field goal percentage as well as a sizable .412/.167 edge in three-point shooting to spring the upset. • Tuesday night’s win was the ‘Jacks first win over Baylor since 2003 and SFA’s first victory over a Big 12 foe since besting West Virginia in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. • The win was also the ‘Jacks’ first true road win of the season. It marked SFA’s first road win at a power five institution since Dec. 16, 2017, when the ‘Jacks defeated LSU in Baton Rouge, La.COMING UP NEXT• Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., SFA begins a three-game home stand by welcoming Arlington Baptist to William R. Johnson Coliseum. The ‘Jacks’ penultimate non-conference showdown of the regular season will be broadcast nationwide on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. POSTGAME QUOTESSFA head coach Kyle KellerOpening Statement…”I’m dressed in this shirt because it’s kind of an emotional night for our guys. We’ve been shorthanded, we’re down five players, we’ve really struggled, we’re not who we are. Our guys really had a lot of unity. We’ve been preaching staying together. We did stay together tonight for the first time. We just caught Baylor on, they just beat the best home team in America at Arizona, we just happened to play them on the right night. They didn’t make any shots. They’re not going to go 4-for-24 from three and miss free throws at the end. It was just one of those nights for us. Shannon (Bogues) makes two great plays at the end, not just shots, but really guarded (Makai) Mason. It just went our way, just one of those nights for us. It’s not going to happen, one in a 100 maybe. Coach Drew, I don’t think people appreciate what a great program, what he’s done. He’s lifted this program from the abyss to a top-25 program in the country. We’re just blessed. But I think our kids did really fine tonight.”After tonight’s win, @coach_keller12 had that swag up to ? #AxeEm pic.twitter.com/5W5NQoSiCF— SFA Basketball (@SFA_MBB) December 19, 2018 Story by Charlie Hurley, SFA Media RelationsWACO, Texas – “At the beginning of the game, what did I say?” asked SFA men’s basketball senior guard Shannon Bogues to his assembled teammates on the water-soaked floor of the Baylor volleyball locker room. “I said this might be the game where we dump the water on coach after.”As it turned out, Bogues was correct. SFA’s senior guard drove the length of the court and put the finishing touches on a 21-point performance by sinking a game-winning layup at the buzzer to help the SFA men’s basketball team defeat Baylor, 59-58, at the Ferrell Center Tuesday night.  On Bogues’ game-winner…”He has been in that opportunity a few times where he’s pulled up. He doesn’t lack confidence. When he’s in space, he can get anywhere he wants to go. He’s learning the game more. This dude is so quick with the ball. To me, I think he’s as good as anybody in America. I’ll ride with this dude every game. He’s as good as anyone in the Big 12 in my opinion. He can play against anybody.”On the win…”This team, when it was built, was built better. We’d have won 30 games this year. Unfortunately, we are where we are. I wouldn’t want to play us in March when we get our guys back. That’s just my opinion. We got to get there. We’re not very good right now. We had one night tonight, now we’ve got to sustain it. Baylor helped us. We played them after they beat Arizona, at Arizona. How many people patted them on the back since that game? I would hate to be coaching their guys after that. We couldn’t have got them at a better time. This is the hardest game for them to play all year long after they win at the McKale Center. Our phones are going to blow up all night long. The hardest thing to do is trying to get our guys back on a level field. I’ve got to trust our guys’ characters enough to say ‘hey, that game’s over, we’re moving on to the next.'”SFA Senior Shannon BoguesOn his play down the stretch…”I shot it with confidence. Once I released it, I knew it was going in. But then, I knew we had to get a defensive stop. Once we got a defensive stop, I just drove to the basket.”On staying in rhythm on the last play…”Like I said, confidence. I just knew we had to get a bucket. I tried to get fouled, I just ended up scoring.”last_img read more

Justice, Matua forgo senior years

first_imgJustice will make a formal announcement at USC on Monday, but sent in the paperwork to the NFL on Friday, according to his father, Gary Justice. Winston Justice told USC coach Pete Carroll and offensive line coach Pat Ruel on Friday he submitted the paperwork and intended to turn pro. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaMatua made his announcement at a church in Carson in front of about 100 people, including USC offensive linemen Sam Baker and Ryan Kalil. Toms sets record, ties with Campbell HONOLULU – David Toms felt a gentle breeze on his face when he stepped to the first tee Saturday in the Sony Open. Compared with his first two weeks in Hawaii, it must have felt like playing golf in a dome. In calmer conditions along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Toms set a course record at Waialae Country Club with a 9-under 61 that turned the Sony Open into a two-man race with the equally hot Chad Campbell. Campbell played even better from tee-to-green, with 11 birdie chances inside 15 feet. He converted eight of them for a 62 and was tied with Toms at 14-under 196, seven clear of anyone else. His 61 broke by one shot the record at Waialae since it was changed to a par 70 in 1999. It was last set by Ernie Els a year ago in the final round. The course record still belongs to Davis Love III, who shot 12-under 60 in 1994. LeBron commits to play for U.S. PHOENIX – LeBron James has committed to playing for the U.S. team at this year’s world championships and the 2008 Olympics. Managing director of USA basketball Jerry Colangelo met with James before the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Phoenix Suns, but thought the 21-year-old Cavs’ star already had committed in a meeting in Chicago on Dec. 22. However, James was quoted as saying he still had to talk to Colangelo before making any commitment. Levy not going to coach Bills ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills general manager Marv Levy clarified Saturday that he’s not a candidate for the vacant coaching job. Jim Haslett and the team have had preliminary contact about the post. The clarification comes a day after the 80-year-old Hall of Fame coach repeatedly declined to rule himself out as a candidate to take over as coach following Mike Mularkey’s resignation. Haslett’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told The Associated Press on Saturday that his client has had contact with the Bills. Schaffer declined to say who made the initial call, but added that no interview has yet been scheduled. Wilson agrees to deal with Pirates PITTSBURGH – Outfielder-first baseman Craig Wilson chose not to go to salary arbitration and agreed to a $3.3 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. The 29-year-old Wilson made $3 million last season, when he missed 103 games because of two left hand injuries. He hit .264 with five homers and 22 RBIs. He had a team-leading 29 homers in 2004. From staff and wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img USC lost two starting offensive linemen Saturday as tackle Winston Justice submitted paperwork to the NFL stating his intention to turn pro and guard Fred Matua said he also would leave early. Safety Darnell Bing is expected to announce today that he will turn pro, the final day for underclassmen to inform the NFL of their intentions. last_img read more