Bearkats chop down SFA 76-71 in Huntsville

Bearkats chop down SFA 76-71 in Huntsville
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 9:57 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Bearkats rallied from eight down to knock off Stephen F. Austin 76-71 in an instant classic at Johnson Coliseum on Thursday night. The Lumberjacks (13-7, 5-2 WAC) went up 48-40 with 17 minutes left on the game.

Sam Houston (14-5, 4-3) started chipping away at the lead thanks to back-to-back baskets by Kaosi Ezeagu that trimmed the advantage to 48-44 a minute later.

Cameron Huefner drilled a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game and cap a 7-0 run at the 15-minute mark. SFA pushed the lead back to three, but Huefner hit a jumper and Damon Nicholas Jr., who played a key role off the bench with seven points, threw down a baseline dunk to put Sam Houston up 51-50.

The Lumberjacks briefly retook the lead before Nicholas drained a shot from behind the arc and Kian Scroggins made a jumper to make it 56-52 midway through the second half.

The Bearkats’ biggest lead was 63-54 following a layup by Qua Grant.

Huefner led Sam Houston with 20 points on 4 for 6 shooting from long range. Grant scored 13, Donte Powers had nine and Ezeagu finished with eight.

The Bearkats return to action Saturday when they host UTRGV at 4:30 p.m.