SFA Reclaims Road Win Streak, Downs Bearkats 67-60
Feb. 15, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team reclaimed sole possession of the nation's longest active road win streaks at 10-straight and picked up the nation-leading 12 overall road win in a 67-60 victory over Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State on Saturday afternoon inside Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (24-2, 13-0 SLC) reclaimed sole possession of both marks, as Saint Louis (consecutive road wins) and Manhattan (overall road wins) played their Saturday contests at home.
Junior Jacob Parker paced the `Jacks against SHSU (18-7, 10-3) in the victory, as SFA picked up its 21st consecutive win, which continue to ranks third in the nation behind top-ranked Syracuse No. 2/4 Wichita State. Parker was one of three `Jacks to score in double figures, recording a game-high 20 points. The native of Bixby, Okla., finished 7-of-13 from the field, with a made three-pointer and 5-of-7 shooting from the free throw line.
Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded 16 points and senior Nikola Gajic finished with 12, as both finished perfect from the charity stripe. Walkup knocked down tied his career-high knocking down seven shots, while surpassed his career benchmark with six.
Parker and Gajic both nearly recorded double-double with their presence at the boards. Parker hauled in nine rebounds, while Gajic finished with eight. Seven of Gajic's rebounds came on the defensive side of the ball.
The `Jacks, despite surrendering the same number of turnovers as the Bearkats at 12, held a walloping 13-2 mark in points off turnovers.
Both teams traded buckets across the first five minutes, before SFA went on a 6-0 run to double-up SHSU 12-6.
Leading 19-17, the `Jacks went on 11-0 run to open up the game at 30-17 (5:21). The cushion built to as high as 14 points (33-19), before SFA took a 37-27 lead into the break.
The advantage built to 16 points at 50-34 in the second half, before the Bearkats started to slowly claw their way back into contention with 9:37 to go. SHSU went on a 8-0 run over the next 1:50 to cut the lead under double figures, but only managed to pull within five as the `Jacks held on.
SFA will only play one game in Week 16, when they meet Northwestern State for the second time on the season. The `Jacks will welcome NWST to William R. Johnson Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 22, for "Cram the Coliseum" in a 6:00 p.m. scheduled tip.