Kaspar Gets 450th Win With Victory Over McNeese
Jan. 5, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks got its third double-double from Taylor Smith in four games and used a 14-2 run late in the game to break things open on its way to a convincing 71-43 win over McNeese State on Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum in what served as head coach Danny Kaspar's 450th career win.
SFA (12-1, 3-0 SLC), who won its seventh straight game of the year, put four players in double figures, led by 15 apiece from both Smith and Antonio Bostic. In all the `Jacks shot 55.1 percent from the floor on the night, but also held the Cowboys (6-6, 0-2 SLC) to just 31.9 percent shooting, including just 1-for-11 from behind the arc.
Jacob Parker had 14 points, and Thomas Walkup had 11 to give SFA consecutive games with a reserve in double figures for the first time this year. The `Jacks dominated the glass 41-25 and ripped down 12 offensive boards, negating a rough 16-for-30 night from the foul line.
Smith led all rebounders with 14, while point guard Hal Bateman added six points and six assists, connecting on a trio of lob passes over the top of the Cowboy zone in the second half.
McNeese State was led by Desharick Guidry who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
SFA opened the game hot, getting buckets from four different players as part of a 10-0 run after the Pokes put in the game's first bucket. But that was the `Jacks largest lead of the opening period as McNeese stayed close, holding SFA to just six points over the next 11 minutes of game time and trailed just 16-12 with 5:27 to play in the opening period.
But SFA did its part defensively too and held the Cowboys to just 33 percent from the field in the first period on its way to taking a 23-19 lead into the locker room and holding its second consecutive opponent to under 20 points in the opening half.
Things stayed close until midway through the second period with Dontae Cannon connecting on a jumper with 12:25 to play to make the score 38-30 in favor of SFA; however, Bostic provided eight of SFA's next 14 points as part of a 14-2 run over the next 4:30 that stretched SFA's lead from eight to 20 with less than eight minutes to play.
SFA continued to be aggressive offensively, solving the riddle of the McNeese zone with a series of midrange jumpers and penetrating possessions before finally cruising to the finish line.
The `Jacks will now wait until Thursday to hit the court again, doing so in Conway, Ark., as the opener to a two-game road swing that includes a date with Central Arkansas and league-favorite Oral Roberts on Satuday.