Lumberjacks Axe Redhawks 89-84 in Overtime Thriller

NACOGDOCHES, Texas- The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks won their second straight conference game with their 89-84 overtime win over the Seattle Redhawks.  The Lumberjacks improve to 12-6 overall and 5-2 in conference play.  The Redhawks fell to 10-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play.

In another close WAC game, SFA converted on their free throws down the stretch earning the 89-84 win over Seattle. The Lumberjacks for the first time this season had six players finish the game in double-digit scoring.  Jalil Beaubrun had a career night posting a career-high in points and rebounds with his 16 points and 10 rebounds.  

The Redhawks opened the game with a 6-0 run through the first two minutes of play.  SFA struggled offensively as they turned the ball over six times and had only two made field goals during the Seattle run.

Nana Antwi-Boasiako made his impact on both sides of the ball.  After stealing the ball away from the Redhawks, Nana took it coast-to-coast for the fastbreak dunk.  He followed his dunk with a blocked shot on the following possession.

Halfway through the first half, SFA and the Redhawks were locked in a 15-15 first half battle.  Nana Antwi-Boasiako was the Lumberjacks’ leading scorer early with six points on 3-for-4 shooting.  Stephen F. Austin shot 6-for-12 (50%) from the field, while Seattle shooting 6-for-10 (60%) from the field.

Jalil Beaubrun knocked down back-to-back threes to bring the ‘Jacks to a 22-21 deficit with 8:23 remaining in the first half.  With 7:31 until halftime Latrell Jossell knocked down both of his free throws to give SFA their first lead of the night at 23-22.

SFA only allowed Seattle to make two of their last eight field goals through the last 4:30 of the first half.  The Lumberjacks entered halftime with a 37-35 lead over the Redhawks.  Nana and Jalil Beaubrun led the ‘Jacks in scoring with eight points each.  Nana also finished the first half with team highs in steals (2) and blocks (1).

After a tough offensive start, SFA found their rhythm and entered halftime shooting 13-for-26 (50%) from the field and 4-for-10 (40%) from 3-point territory.  Stephen F. Austin entered the night as the conference’s best rebounding team and outrebounded Seattle 21-10 in the first half.

Following Matt Hayman’s three-pointer, SFA took their biggest lead of the night 51-43 with 12:52 remaining in the second half.  The Lumberjacks held their lead through the majority of the second half.  However, the Redhawks regained a 59-58 lead with 7:32 left in the ball game.

In the final 7:30 of the second half, there were eight lead changes. Following his made free throw, Jalil Beaubrun posted a career high 16 points.  With :48 remaining in the second half, AJ Cajuste found Chrishawn Christmas for the breakaway dunk that gave SFA a 76-73 lead.

But the Redhawks tied the game at 76-76 to send the game to overtime.

SFA was held scoreless on their first two possessions of overtime.  With two minutes left in the first overtime, both teams were tied at 80-80. Nana Antwi-Boasiako had all four of the Lumberjacks points.  

With 39.4 on the clock, AJ Cajuste would be sent to the free throw line, following his made layup.  After he missed the free throw, Chrishawn Christmas grabbed the offensive board and drew another shooting foul.  He went 1-for-2 at the line to give SFA an 83-80 lead.  Frank Staine sealed the win for the Lumberjacks after he went 2-for-2 at the line and gave SFA an 85-80 lead with :28 seconds left.  The Lumberjacks shot 31-for-42 (73.8%) from the charity stripe.

Nana Antwi-Boasiako posted 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and one block. Jalil Beaubrun (16), Matt Hayman (14), AJ Cajuste (13), Latrell Jossell (10), and Frank Staine (10) also posted double-digit scoring performances for SFA.

The Lumberjacks will continue their four-game homestand with their highly anticipated matchup against Grand Canyon University on Thursday, January 25th. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.  Rope Hats will be given to the first 250 people to enter the Coliseum.

By: Jace Green, Assistant for Strategic Communications