SFA Handcuffs Colonels
Jan. 19, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Desmond Haymon had his first career double-double as one of four Lumberjacks in double figures and Stephen F. Austin ran its win streak to 11 in a row with a convincing 72-49 win over Nicholls on Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
With the win the `Jacks (16-1, 7-0 SLC) remained the lone Southland Conference team unbeaten in league play and will go into next week as one of just six unbeaten teams remaining in the country.
SFA dominated the paint against the Colonels (4-12, 3-3 SLC), 40-18, a team who was coming off a convincing 93-78 win of its own on Thursday at Northwestern State. But aside from Fred Hunter's 22 points, no other Colonel was able to muster more than Jeremy Smith's 10.
Meanwhile, Haymon finished with 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to lead the `Jacks, hitting seven of his 11 shots from the floor, including a pair of triples. Taylor Smith continued his steady play by filling up the stat sheet with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and six blocked shots.
Jacob Parker added 13 points and five rebounds, and Antonio Bostic had 10 points and three of SFA's seven steals on the night. Hal Bateman did not score after reaching double figures in each of the past three games, but did dole out a game-high eight assists. In all, the `Jacks finished with a season-high 23 assists on 30 made buckets and hit eight of its 17 three-point tries.
SFA had its hands full with Hunter in the early going as the Colonel big man went inside and outside to score 12 of the first 13 Nicholls points in the opening 10 minutes of the ballgame. Still, the `Jacks had its answer and used six points from Smith and points from four other Lumberjacks to build up as much as an 15-point lead in the opening period when Trey Pinkney delivered the final of his four first-half assists for a three-point bucket from Bostic with just over a minute to play.
The Lumberjacks hit 56 percent of their shots in the opening period, including four of seven from beyond the arc while just three Colonels cracked the scoring column.
SFA then wasted no time out of the gate in the second half, scoring the first eight points with three-pointers from Bostic and Parker and eventually pushed the lead to 21 on a layup by Haymon with 11:37 left in the game as part of a 10-3 SFA spurt. The lead grew to as much as 26 before finishing at 23, a margin that was the largest for the `Jacks over the Colonels in the Danny Kaspar era.
The `Jacks will not hit the court again until Saturday when they put their 11-game win streak on the line against one of the top scoring offenses in the nation - Northwestern State in Natchitoches.