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Bears Fall to Lumberjacks 64-85; Moving to 1-3 in SLC

The UCA men’s basketball team (2-12) lost 64-85 to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (10-5) Jan. 12 at the WRJ Coliseum in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The Lumberjacks made their first field goal within 25 seconds of the first half and maintained their lead for the next 39 minutes.

The Bears were unable to gain the lead in either half of the game, but came close to a tie with roughly eight minutes left in the first half. Sophomore point guard Jordan Howard and junior guard Derreck Brooks made a three-pointer each within thirty seconds, bringing the score to 20-18.

The largest lead by the Lumberjacks was 28 points with four minutes left in the game.

The Bears’ total percentage of field goals made was 45.8 percent, making 27 of 59 attempted field goals.

The field goal percentage dropped from 50 percent in the first half to 42.4 percent in the second half as the Lumberjacks’ lead rose from eight points to 13 points.

The Bears had a total of 24 turnovers over the course of the game as compared to the Lumberjacks’ 14. Justin Foreman led the Bears in turnovers with a total of seven; Jake Zuilhof led in blocks, making two of five total blocks by UCA.

Sophomore point guard Jordan Howard led the Bears in field goals as well as total points. Howard scored a total of 19 points in Tuesday’s game – successfully making seven of 18 attempted field goals (39 percent.)

This was a slight drop from Howard’s average of around 43 percent, but he scored more points than his average of 17.3 per game. Howard’s season record of total points scored was 36 points against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 5.

Brooks trailed Howard slightly in total points with 16, but surpassed his field goal percentage. Brooks scored seven of 12 attempted field goals, with a resulting 58 percent field goal percentage, surpassing his own average of 44 percent of field goals attempted.

Brooks also made 13 of the Bears’ 37 rebounds, with five offensive rebounds and eight defensive rebounds.

Tuesday’s game was the Bears’ fourth in the Southland Conference and their third loss, leaving UCA at 1-3 in the conference. The Lumberjacks are currently 3-0 in the Southland Conference.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the game occurred on Jan. 18, 2016. It occurred on Jan. 12.

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 20, 2016 print edition of The Echo.

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