Smith helps Stephen F. Austin beat SE Louisiana 52-40, extend win streak to 10 games

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Taylor Smith had 15 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots as Stephen F. Austin won its 10th straight game, defeating Southeastern Louisiana 52-40 Thursday night.

Hal Bateman added 14 points and Antonio Bostic had 10 for the Lumberjacks (15-1, 6-0 Southland), who held the Lions (5-10, 3-2) to 26 percent shooting — 16 percent in the second half.

No Southeastern Louisiana player had more than seven points.

The Lions, who had their three-game winning streak snapped, scored 13 straight points in the first half to turn an 18-12 deficit into a 25-18 lead with 2:51 left before the half.

Stephen F. Austin pulled within 25-23 at the break, and opened the second half with a 20-3 run to take a 43-28 lead with 10:04 remaining.

The Lumberjacks are off to their best start since becoming a Division I program in 1987-88, and their best start overall since starting 17-1 in 1985-86.