Sophomore Thomas Walkup led the 'Jacks with 17 points in a 93-64 win over Nicholls State Thursday night.
Feb. 6, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team gained control early and never let up, leading by as many as 41, in a 93-64 routing of Nicholls State Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (21-2, 10-0 SLC) extended its home winning streak to 29 games to pull back into a tie with No. 11 Duke for the longest active streak in the nation and one game better than No. 3/4 Florida's 28 game streak. The 'Jacks also notched their 18th-consecutive victory on the season, which sits fourth in the country and one behind No. 5 San Diego.
Head coach Brad Underwood recorded his 21st win on the season, continuing to add the most for a coach in their first season at SFA.
Five 'Jacks finished in double figures against NSU (10-9, 7-3 SLC), led by 17 points from sophomore Thomas Walkup. The native of Pasadena, Texas, finished seven-of-10 from the field, with one three-pointer and two-of-three from the line, while grabbing five rebounds. Senior Nikola Gajic finished with 14 points and tied his career-hight with four steals, while senior Desmond Haymon added 12 points and a team-best four assists.
Junior Jacob Parker recorded 11 points and five rebounds for SFA, with junior Connor Brooks notching a season-high 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench. In all, nine 'Jacks recorded a point on the night and all 15 saw action, as the team shot 56.5 percent from the floor.
SFA, despites narrowly winning the battle in the paint 40-36, held a 29-17 advantage in points off turnovers and 17-5 and 17-6 advantages in in second-chance and fast-break points.
The 'Jacks will have a chance to reclaim the national lead for consecutive home wins on Saturday when they close their homestand. SFA will host McNeese State in a 6:00 p.m. tip in WRJ Coliseum.