The ACU men’s basketball team struggled to protect the ball all night Wednesday, as they fell 71-61 at Stephen F. Austin.
The Wildcats wrapped up their three-game road trip on the road at SFA.
Senior guard Kevon Harris led the way for SFA with 19 points, four rebounds and four steals. He also shot the ball at an efficient rate, going 7-10 in the game.
In the first half, both teams battled for control with four lead changes. The Wildcats had the lead for majority of the first half, but SFA closed on an 8-2 run, giving them a 32-31 lead at the break.
Despite committing 27 turnovers in the game, ACU shot the ball well at 46.5% (20-43).
Junior guard Coryon Mason led in scoring for the Wildcats with 17 points and a pair of steals. Mason has now scored in double figures in six out of his last eight games.
Junior center Kolton Kohl also was in double figures with 12 points and three blocks.
With this loss, ACU moves back into fifth in the Southland conference standings. The top four teams receive a bye in the conference tournament in March.
Meanwhile, SFA holds strong and remains at first in the conference. Up next, they take on Sam Houston State at Huntsville Saturday at 5:30 p.m. That matchup will decide who leads the conference going into next week.
Meanwhile the Wildcats will look to get back on track at home as they face the University of Incarnate Word Saturday at 7:00 p.m.