Lumberjacks Win Season Opener Over UT-Tyler
Nov. 8, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Junior forward Jacob Parker and senior Nikola Gajic both recorded career-high and the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team placed three Lumberjacks in double-figures, as head coach Brad Underwood picked up his first win at the helm in a 90-64 victory over UT-Tyler Friday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Parker recorded 19 points to surpass his old mark of 16 set last season, while Gajic's 14 marks his first double-digit scoring performance of his career at SFA (1-0). Senior Desmond Haymon joined Parker and Gajic, recording 17 points, respectively. Gajic finished one rebound off his first double-double of his career, hauling in nine boards.
The `Jacks hit better than 50 percent of its shots from the field, as SFA improved to 3-0 all-time against the Patriots (0-1) and 10-4 in its last 14 season openers.
The `Jacks outscored UT-Tyler 32-18 in the paint, while holding a 24-7 advantage in points off turnovers. SFA also recorded 16 more points than the opponent (20-4) in second-chance opportunities.
Sophomore Thomas Walkup gave the `Jacks an early lead on a layup in the second minute of play (18:30), before the Patriots tied it 2-2 with one of their own 14 seconds later. The early tie would be the only of the match, as SFA built its lead to double-figures with a pair of free throws from Parker to make it 31-21 with 6:02 to play in the first half. Over the remaining six minutes, the `Jacks closed out the half on a 17-11 run to take a 48-32 lead at the break.
In the second half, SFA built its lead to 23 points (70-47) on a pair of free throws from Haymon at the 9:34 mark. The `Jacks then went on a 20-17 run the rest of the way to arrive at the 90-64 outcome.
SFA will now head to Texas State to take on former head coach Danny Kaspar in his first year with the Bobcats. The two teams will square off in San Marcos on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m.