Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 14 points in SFA's 64-57 at Texas State Tuesday night.
Nov. 12, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 14 points and junior Jacob Parker recorded the first double-double of his career, as the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team knocked off Texas State 64-57 to spoil the debut of former head coach Danny Kaspar Tuesday night inside Strahan Coliseum.
SFA (2-0) picked up its first win over the Bobcats (0-2) since the two schools last met as conference opponents in the 2011-12 season and first over Kaspar, who departed back in April. Win the win, the `Jacks also remain undefeated under new head coach Brad Underwood.
In all, SFA placed four `Jacks in double-figures, as Walkup's 14 points paced SFA's corps and Parker netted 10 points while hauling in 10 rebounds. Walkup finished 6-of-12 from the field and added a pair of buckets from the free throw line, while Parker was 3-of-7 and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Joining the big men were seniors Deshaunt Walker and Desmond Haymon, who recorded 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Parker’s presence under the basket reflected in the stat line, with five boards on either side of the ball. Walker finished two off of Parker, with eight rebounds (three offensive, five defensive), as the ‘Jacks led TXST in nearly every offensive category.
SFA outscored the Bobcats 20-10 off the bench, while holding a 16-10 margin in points off of turnovers.
The `Jacks opened the match on a 13-5 run, with 10 points combined between Walkup and Parker through the first six minutes. The lead would span the remainder of the half, but TXST closed on a 23-17 run to pull within two at 30-28 at the half.
Both teams continued to exchange points early on into the second half, before the Bobcats took a one-point lead on a layup from Joel Wright (12:31) to make it 38-37. The TXST lead was short-lived however, as SFA reclaimed the edge less than 20 seconds later on as three-pointer from senior Nikola Gajic (12:12).
Haymon, Walker and Walkup each had seven points in the second half, as SFA never trailed the rest of the play to claim the 64-57 final.
The `Jacks, 1-0 on the road, will continue their four-game road stretch in Austin with a 7:00 p.m. match against Texas on Nov. 15 on the Longhorn Network.