Stephen F. Austin 62, Nicholls 58

Antonio Bostic had 17 points and Jereal Scott scored five in

overtime as Stephen F. Austin held on to defeat Sam Houston State

62-58 Wednesday night.

Desmond Haymon added 12 points and Taylor Smith 11 for the

Lumberjacks (13-10, 7-3 Southland), who led by as many as 12 points

in the second half.

Nicholls State (7-16, 3-8) got a career-high 17 points from

Shane Rillieux, 16 from Dantrell Thomas and 13 from Sam

McBeath.

The Lumberjacks hit 7 of 8 free throws in overtime, including

two from Smith with 1:54 remaining that put them ahead to stay,

59-58. A potential go-ahead 3-pointer from Thomas with 0.8 seconds

left rimmed out, and Stephen F. Austin closed it out with two more

free throws.

A layup by Trevon Lewis with 5 seconds left in regulation forced

overtime after Scott had given Stephen F. Austin a 51-49 lead with

two free throws at the 21-second mark.