NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) — Shannon Bogues scored 16 points and Stephen F. Austin fought off spirited Division II-member St. Edwards for a 73-60 win on Sunday.
Karl Nicholas made a pair of free throws to put Stephen F. Austin (4-1) ahead 18-17 with 11:47 before halftime and the Lumberjacks never trailed again. But the Hilltoppers hung tough and kept it close and trailed 38-33 at halftime.
SFA emerged from intermission and Jovan Grujic and Davonte Fitzgerald made a pair of jumpers, Kevon Harris had a layup and Nicholas threw down a dunk and the score was 46-33 at the 17:55 mark.
Davonte Fitzgerald’s 3-pointer made it 60-45 with nine minutes left, and that triggered a 10-0 St. Edwards run as James Taylor scored half the points. But the Hilltoppers went cold and the Lumberjacks used a 13-5 run over the last 5½ minutes to win it.