Streak Continues as SFA Routs ACU, 64-48
Jan. 30, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team didn't disappoint in their first home game in nearly four weeks, racing out to an early 20-3 lead and never trailing in a 64-48 victory over Abilene Christian Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
With the victory, the Lumberjacks (19-2, 9-0 SLC) maintained their home-court winning streak, winning their 27th-straight game. The 27 consecutive wins ranks second nationally for active streaks, trailing only No. 16/17 Duke's 28-game mark. SFA has now won 16-straight overall, including both home and road contests, which continues to rank fifth in the nation.
Head coach Brad Underwood recorded his 19th win on the season, continuing to add the most for a coach in their first season in Nacogdoches.
Junior Jacob Parker led the way offensively for the `Jacks, leading all players in both points (17) and rebounds (nine), complemented by three blocks defensively. Senior Desmond Haymon finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, while senior Nikola Gajic added 11 points and five boards of his own, all of which were offensive.
Juinior Tanner Clayton led the defensive effort for SFA, recording a career-best seven blocks on the night while adding four points in 14 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Trey Pinkney led the way with six assists as the 'Jacks outscored ACU (7-14, 1-6 SLC) 28-14 in points off turnovers, forcing 21 Wildcat mishaps on the night.
SFA quickly set the intensity of their offense, opening up on a 12-0 run in the first 4:24. The 'Jacks cruised to a 39-25 halftime lead and eventually went on to lead by as much as 21 points (56-35), before easing their way to the 64-48 final.
SFA will continue its homestand with Incarnate Word on Saturday, Feb. 1. The 'Jacks and UIW will square off for the first time in program history on the hardwood in a 6:00 p.m. tip.