Nacogdoches, Texas – The SFA men’s basketball team opened the season with an 82-73 win over LSU-Alexandria behind a game-high 24 points for Gavin Kensmil Tuesday night in the William R. Johnson Coliseum.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SFA jumped out an 11-5 lead at the 12:30 mark in the first half on a Sadairene Hall offensive rebound and putback. Three minutes later, a Kensmil layup gave the ‘Jacks an eight-point lead, 18-10.
SFA extended the lead out to double digits when Roti Ware nailed a triple with 6:14 left before the break and saw the hit 11 points, 28-17, a minute later when Nana Antwi-Boasiako hit a three. LSUA closed the half 17-10 run to cut the ‘Jacks margin down to 38-34 at the break.
Coming out of the half, SFA immediately regained control with a 12-point advantage, 48-36, following a Kensmil post move and bucket. SFA kept LSUA at bay over the remainder of the half leading by as many as 12 points, 52-40, before securing the 82-73 win.
Kensmil led all scorings with his 24 points after going 9-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. The senior big also recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.
Ware added 18 points and four assists, while Calvin Solomon chipped in 12 points and eight broads. Solomon was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor.
SFA outshot LSUA 51 percent to 45 percent from the floor and held a +11 rebounding advantage, 41-30.
The ‘Jacks stay at home with Mary Hardin-Baylor on Thursday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. before hosting South Dakota State as part of a three-game opening week home stand.