No. 12 Stephen F. Austin erases ten-point deficit to win 29th consecutive game (VIDEO)

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South Region No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin was a trendy pick to at the very least win its first game of the NCAA tournament, with Brad Underwood’s team boasting a 28-game win streak entering their game against No. 5 VCU. But after being on the wrong end of a 26-5 second half run, the Lumberjacks trailed by ten with 3:38 remaining and looked to be on their way home.

However SFA didn’t wilt, continuing to compete and managing to rally against VCU’s dreaded “Havoc” system. A Desmond Haymon (17 points, seven rebounds) four-point play with 3.6 seconds remaining in regulation forced overtime, and SFA would go on to win 77-75 in overtime to move their win streak to 29 games in a row.

Jacob Parker scored 22 points for the Lumberjacks, who won despite committing 17 turnovers with 11 of those coming during the aforementioned 26-5 run. While things certainly didn’t look good for SFA during that stretch, they managed to weather the storm, and when the Lumberjacks didn’t turn the basketball over they performed well offensively.

Stephen F. Austin made 52.9% of its shots from the field, shooting 61.8% on their two-point shots. VCU has been one of the nation’s best defensive teams when it comes to defending the three-pointer, which makes it understandable that Stephen F. Austin shot 6-for-17 from deep. But after beating the VCU pressure the Lumberjacks needed to take advantage of their opportunities inside of the arc, and Parker was the player who proved most capable of doing so.

Now having won 29 straight games, Stephen F. Austin isn’t a team that’s satisfied with winning one game and then heading home. As our own Scott Phillips wrote last month, this is a group capable of accomplishing more than that. And thanks to Haymon’s shot in the final seconds or regulation, Stephen F. Austin will have that chance.

NCAA denies extra-year request by NC State guard Henderson

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.

Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.

The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.

Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.

SMU gets transfer in Georgetown’s Akoy Agau

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SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.

South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer

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South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.

Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.

A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.

Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.

Mississippi State losing two to transfer

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Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.

Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.

 

N.C. State lands second transfer of day with Utah’s Devon Daniels

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A big recruiting day for N.C. State continued on Saturday afternoon as Utah transfer and guard Devon Daniels pledged to the Wolfpack.

Earlier in the day, N.C. State and new head coach Kevin Keatts landed another quality transfer in UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce.

The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 9.9 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Just like Bryce, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before he has three more seasons of eligibility.

N.C. State now has two potential starters on the perimeter for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Bryce and Daniels as it will be interesting to see what kind of talent the Wolfpack can get around them.