LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Taylor Smith had 21 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and six blocks as Stephen F. Austin rolled over McNeese State 59-39 Wednesday night, holding the Cowboys to nine first-half points.
The Lumberjacks (17-2, 8-1 Southland Conference), who swept the season series, also defeated the Cowboys 71-43 on Jan. 5 after leading 23-19 at halftime. This time, Stephen F. Austin capitalized on McNeese State's atrocious first-half shooting -- 15.4 percent (4 of 26), including 0 of 6 from long range- to lead 26-9 at intermission.
The Cowboys (8-11, 2-7) closed to 36-27 with 9:41 left, but could get no closer. At 43-33, the Lumberjacks reeled off 10 straight points.
McNeese State's point total was its lowest since losing to Stephen F. Austin 64-39 on Jan. 19, 2008.
Desharick Guidry's nine points led the Cowboys, who were outshot 42.5 percent (17 of 40) to 24.5 percent (13 of 53) and outrebounded 46-22.
The ACC, in partnership with ESPN, is expected to launch its own conference network by August 2019, according to sources.
Kobe Paras has signed with Creighton and will have four years of eligibility with the Bluejays after withdrawing from UCLA when he failed to meet academic conditions.
The Division I men's basketball committee that oversees NCAA tournament seeding announced that the top overall seed will get to choose where it wants to play from among eight assigned cities.
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