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    SFA Routs Lamar For 25th-Straight Home Victory
    Senior Nikola Gajic finished with 16 points and six rebounds against Lamar.
    Senior Nikola Gajic finished with 16 points and six rebounds against Lamar.

    Jan. 2, 2014

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    NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team dominated the second half against Lamar as the Lumberjacks pulled away for an 85-65 victory Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum in its Southland Conference opener.

    SFA (12-2, 1-0 SLC) won its 25th-straight home game, which is tied with No. 25 Missouri for the nation's longest active home court winning streak. With the win over LU (1-12, 0-1 SLC), the `Jacks also extend their current home winning streak to nine games. SFA has now won its last three consecutive SLC openers since 2000 and improves to 8-6 in its league openers since 2000.

    In total, five different `Jacks scored in double figures, led by senior Desmond Haymon's game-high 20 points. Seniors Nikola Gajic and Deshaunt Walker each finished with 16 points for the SFA with sophomore Thomas Walkup adding 12 points and junior Jacob Parker finishing with 10 along with six rebounds and five assists, tying his career-high set earlier this season. All 15 `Jacks saw action in the game.

    The 20-point victory reflects in one stat line, points off turnovers. SFA scored 28 points off 18 Cardinal turnovers, while only surrendering nine points in return. The `Jacks held a 38-22 margin in points in the point, while not allowing a point off a fast break and only one shot in second-chance opportunities.

    SFA opened on an 8-3 run to start off the game, but the lead was quickly erased as LU made nine of its first 12 attempts from the floor to tie the game 22-22 with 7:52 before the break.

    In all, the `Jacks and the Cards exchanged the lead eight times before the SFA took a two-point lead into half time. The `Jacks were outshot from a percentage standpoint in all three main shooting aspects (field goals, three-point field goals, free throws) in the first half, but recorded 15 points off 11 turnovers to maintain the edge.

    In the second half, LU was only able to pull even with SFA once early on, but the `Jacks never trailed as they picked up their play over the last 20 minutes arrive at the 85-65 final.

    Tied 42-42 (17:38), the SFA went on a 36-10 run over the next 13:36 to build a 26-point cushion (78-52) with 4:02 to play. During that span, the `Jacks were 16-of-23 (.696) from the field, 3-of-4 (.750) from beyond the arc with made free throw in two attempts.

    SFA will now join Mizzou in going for its 26th-straight home win this Saturday, Dec. 4, when the 'Jacks host rival Sam Houston State at 6:00 p.m.