Conference leader Stephen F. Austin jumped to a 17-7 lead, held the University of Central Arkansas without a rebound for the first 9:30 and surged to a 77-69 victory over the Bears in men's basketball Thursday night at the Farris Center.

The Bears (5-8) fell to 0-3 to begin the Southland Conference season. SFA is 13-1 and 4-0.

The Lumberjacks led from six to 12 points almost the entire game.

The Bears drew within 26-25 with 4:53 left in the first half, then the Lumberjacks went on a 9-1 run that set the trend for the rest of the game. UCA pulled within 66-60 with 7:29 left and the Lumberjacks pulled away for good with a 7-2 run.

The Bears were outrebounded 42-28. LaQuentin Miles, playing for the first time in five games after a hand injury, led the Bears with 21 points. DeShone McClure added 10.

Forward Taylor Smith led the Lumberjacks with 23.

UCA has another home game — against Northwestern State — at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Further details in Saturday's print edition of the Log Cabin Democrat.