Senior Desmond Haymon passed 1,000 points in his career with 30 points in SFA's 78-69 win at Lamar on Thursday night.
Feb. 13, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas – Senior guard Desmond Haymon finished with 30 points to surpass 1,000-points in his career and sophomore guard Thomas Walkup recorded his second career double-double in a 78-69 victory over Lamar on Thursday night inside the Montagne Center.
Haymon finished 9-of-13, 2-of-3 behind the arc and 10-of-12 from the line in his milestone night. The native of Pickens, Miss., entered the night 28 points away from the 1,000 and with under one minute to go it looked as though he might come up a two points shy, but a foul with 39 seconds left gave him the opportunity. Haymon knocked down both free throws to reach 1,000 and then was fouled again with 17 seconds left to move to 1,002.
Haymon is the first player to pass the 1,000-point mark for SFA (23-2, 12-0 SLC) since Jereal Scott did so in the 2011-12 season and the ninth overall player in the Division I era.
Walkup finished 9-of-11 from the field with a made free throw and a career-high 11 boards as the ‘Jacks extended their streaks. With the win over the Cardinals (3-21, 2-10 SLC), SFA picks up its ninth-straight win on the road to retie the nation lead with No. 2/4 Wichita State and No. 12 Saint Louis. The ‘Jacks also picked up their 11th road win of the season to tie Manhattan for the nation lead, while SFA’s 20 consecutive win sits third behind No. 1 Syracuse and Wichita St.
The ‘Jacks shot a season-best 65.9 percent from the field, surpassing its last mark of 56.5, which SFA recorded against Nicholls State.
The ‘Jacks opened on a 9-2 run and led by as much as eight points in the first half (13:16), before LU closed the gap. Down 17-9, the Cards went on a 13-4 run over the next 5:13 to take their first lead of the game at 22-21. But, Parker and SFA responded in their next possession, converting on a pull-up jumper to reclaim a 23-22 edge with 7:48 before the break.
Despite the Cards pulling within one on three separate occasions down the stretch, the ‘Jacks never relinquished the lead. Up by one with 40 seconds to go, Haymon knocked down his sixth field goal of the game, a three-point, to give SFA a 37-33 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the ‘Jacks found themselves on the wrong end of an 11-4 run out of the break, as LU tied it 41-41. Just as in the first half, Parker and SFA retook the lead on the next possession and held it the rest of the way to continue the momentum going into Saturday.
The ‘Jacks will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 15, when SFA heads to Sam Houston State in a streamed game on ESPN3.