NIU Men's Basketball Defeated By Stephen F. Austin, 74-50
Nov. 24, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. - Stephen F. Austin used a 31-9 run over the final 14 minutes of the second half, led by 11 points from guard Eric Bell, to surge past the Northern Illinois men's basketball team and earned the 74-50 non-conference victory over the Huskies, spoiling NIU first year head coach Ricardo Patton's home regular-season debut at the Convocation Center on Saturday night.
Bell finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists, on 8-for-12 shooting. Lumberjack junior guard Josh Alexander posted a game-high 19 points, while SFA center Matt Kingsley added 16 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
"The only way to get better is to continue to work hard," Patton said. "You have to go back and you have to re-evaluate how you are playing."
With the victory, SFA improves to 4-1 overall, while the Huskies fall to 0-6 on the campaign.
NIU senior forward Egan Grafel (Oberlin, Kan. / Decatur / Cloud County C.C.) topped the Huskies with 11 points, five rebounds and five blocks.
The Lumberjacks had a decided advantage on the boards, as SFA grabbed 35 caroms to NIU's season-low 22. SFA capitalized on the Huskies' turnovers as the Lumberjacks scored 29 points off of NIU's miscues.
NIU seemed poised to take control of the ballgame in the final stanza, as the Huskies went on a 8-0 run, led by five points from senior forward Shaun Logan (Eldridge, Iowa/ Kirkwood C.C.) to cut SFA's lead from 10 to two at 43-41.
The Lumberjacks, however, quickly countered with the game-clinching 31-9 run.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, December 1, as they welcome Lamar to the NIU Convocation Center for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
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