The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team closed out regulation on a four-point play from senior Desmond Haymon to tie it 67-67 and then outscored VCU 10-8 in overtime to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 77-75 victory Friday evening at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, the program’s first-ever win in the big dance. Haymon and the Lumberjacks (32-2) trailed the Rams (26-9) by five points (66-61) with 32 seconds remaining and made a charge in the final minute. After a made jumper from Haymon, who finished with 17 points, cut the lead to three, VCU’s Briante Weber hit a free throw to push it to 67-63 with 21 seconds remaining. In the next possession, sophomore Thomas Walkup made a move in the paint to open up Haymon, who then knocked down a three-pointer with five seconds remaining, drawing the foul for the and-one. Out of a timeout, Haymon went to the line with the season on the line and sunk his free throw to tie it 67-67 in the waning seconds. Haymon finished 5-of-12 from the field, with three made shots beyond the arc, and 4-of-5 from the line, while collecting seven rebounds. Junior Jacob Parker led SFA offensively with a game-high 22 points. The native of Bixby, Okla., was 9-of-14 from the in the win, finishing 2-for-2 from both the three-point and free throw line. Walkup recorded his third double-double of the season, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The ‘Jacks outshot VCU 52.9 percent (27-51) to 46.2 percent (30-65), all while taking 14 less attempts than the Rams. Up 36-30 at the start of the second half, the VCU opened the second 20-minute span on a 11-5 run to tie it 41-41 (13:24) and then continued with a 13-2 run to take a 54-43, holding SFA scoreless for 5:01. In the first half, there were a combined nine lead changes, with the two teams drawing even on five separate occasions, before the ‘Jacks prevailed with a 36-30 lead heading into the break. SFA, after yielding the first points of the game on a made jumper, went on a 6-0 run over the next 1:30 to take a 6-2 lead over the Rams, The advantage remained in favor of the ‘Jacks, despite one tie, until a made three-pointer from Doug Brooks gave VCU their first lead since the 19:39 mark.
Stephen F. Austin Advances Past VCU 77-75 In OT
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