Stephen F. Austin 79, W. Michigan 71
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Clide Geffrard scored 21 points with nine rebounds - both career highs - to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 79-71 win over Western Michigan on Thursday night in the opening round of the Challenge in the Music City.
Down by 11 at halftime, the Broncos steadily gained, using a 10-2 rally to close within 57-55 on a jumper by Thomas Wilder. But the Lumberjacks pulled away on seven straight points and led by 10 with 34 seconds left.
Geffrard scored seven straight points for a 15-9 lead and the Lumberjacks led 39-28 at halftime, shooting 6 of 11 from long distance and 9 of 9 free throws.