Sophomore Thomas Walkup scored a career-high 27 points in 77-50 win at Houston Baptist.
Jan. 9, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team opened on a 30-6 run and never looked back, getting a career-high 27 points from sophomore Thomas Walkup, to pick up their 11th-straight victory in a 77-50 win over Houston Baptist Thursday night inside Sharp Gym.
SFA (14-2, 3-0 SLC) limited the Huskies (3-12, 0-3 SLC) to just two made field goals and two made free throws across the first 12 minutes to jump out to a 24-point advantage. The lead then built to as high as 42 (75-33) before eventually claiming their sixth-straight road win and first in Southland Conference play.
Walkup was one of four `Jacks to score in double figures, joined by seniors Nikola Gajic, Desmond Haymon and Deshaunt Walker. Walkup finished 11-of-13 from the field and made all five of his free throws. Gajic finished with 16 points, while and Haymon and Walker recorded 11 and 10 points, respectfully.
Gajic and Haymond combined for 10 assists, five apiece, while sophomore Trey Pinkney forced three steals. The five assists ties a career-high for Gajic. Meanwhile, junior Tanner Clayton recorded a career-high five blocks, a season-high for SFA.
The 'Jacks got 27 points off 22 turnovers on the night and dominated the paint 36-16.
Up 43-20 at the break, SFA opened the second half on an 11-0 run across the first two minutes before building their lead to their season-high 42-point advantage up 75-33 with 8:16 to play. The 'Jacks got 15 points from Walkup and 11 from Haymon in the half.
SFA will continue its current road swing, with the second of five games, when the 'Jacks take on Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Saturday, Jan. 11. SFA will tip with the Islanders at 6:00 p.m. inside the American Bank Center.