SFA Surges In Second Half, Beat Demons 74-58
Jan. 16, 2014
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Senior Deshaunt Walker finished with 22 points off the bench and junior Jacob Parker recorded his sixth double-double of the season to fuel the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team to their 13th-straight victory in a 74-58 showing over Northwestern State Thursday night inside Prather Coliseum.
With the win, the `Jacks (16-2. 5-0 SLC) tie their longest win streak since the turn of the century, also claiming 13-straight during the 2002-03 season, which sits as the fifth longest active win streak in the nation. SFA's longest win streak in one season is 29 games set during the 1969-70 campaign.
The 16th win for head coach Brad Underwood is the most in program history for a coach in their first season, passing Glen Rose (1948) and John O. Stephens (1952), who each had 15.
Walker paced the `Jacks in 25 minutes off the bench. The native of Silver Springs, Md., finished 7-of-13 from the field, 5-of-9 from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 from the line.
Parker's double-double is his first since Sam Houston State back on Jan. 4. The native of Bixby, Okla., finished 4-of-13 from the floor, with a made three and two free throws, along with 13 rebounds against the Demons (5-11, 1-4 SLC).
SFA limited NWST to four offensive rebounds on the night, as the Demons got just two points on second-chance opportunities.
Holding a 35-28 lead at halftime, the `Jacks quickly opened on a 7-0 run in the second half to break the game open 42-28. The lead built the advantage to as high as 19 (65-46) en route to picking up their fifth-straight win on the road and remaining unblemished in league play.
In what quickly proved to be a back-and-forth affair in the first half, SFA and NWST traded the lead seven times and drew even on nine occasions, before sophomore Thomas Walkup converted on a jumper to give the `Jacks a 30-28 lead. Neither team led by more than four until Walker hit his third three-pointer of the half to push the lead to five (33-28) with 1:09 before the break.
The SFA limited the Demons to just one offensive rebound in the first half, while getting seven points on second-chance opportunities. The `Jacks outscored NWST 13-1 off the bench, behind 11 points from Walker.
SFA will close its current road stretch with a pair of conference road games in Week 12. The `Jacks will play Oral Robert on Thursday, Jan. 23, in Tulsa, Okla., before heading on to face Central Arkansas on Jan. 25.