AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Josh Porter scored 23 points and Stephen F.
Austin survived a second-half scoring drought of nearly seven
minutes to beat Northern Colorado 65-55 Saturday night for third
place in the Cyclone Challenge.
Stephen F. Austin (2-2) never trailed, led by 10 at halftime,
then fended off Northern Colorado (0-6) after the Bears drew to
within eight in the second half.Rodrigo Segantim added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Stephen F.
Austin. Matt Kline's 12 points led Northern Colorado, off its its
worst start since the 1954-55 team was 0-7.Porter went 5-for-7 from 3-point range, but his most impressive
shot was a close-in basket at the end of the first half.With .9 seconds remaining, Stephen F. Austin's Leonard Brown
inbounded the ball on the sideline in the Northern Colorado half of
the court. He fired a pass to Porter, who caught the ball as he cut
across the lane, turned and made the shot at the buzzer to give the
Lumberjacks a 35-25 lead.Stephen F. Austin led 46-34 after Segantim hit a baseline jumper
with 15:01 remaining. The Lumberjacks didn't score again hit Taylor
Moore made a jump shot at the 8:08 mark, but Northern Colorado
managed only two baskets in that stretch.The Bears closed to 48-40 on James Randle's two free throws, but
Stephen F. Austin scored the next seven points, including a
3-pointer by Patrick Hannaway, to put it out of reach.