Senior Deshaunt Walker recorded a career-high 24 points in SFA's 72-62 loss at Texas Friday night. (Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov. 15, 2013
Texas 72, SFA 62
AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Deshaunt Walker recorded a career-high 24 points and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team led Texas 35-31 at the half, before falling 72-62 Friday night inside the Frank C. Erwin Center.
Tied 60-60, SFA (2-1) was outscored 12-2 by the Longhorns (3-0) over the final three minutes to suffer its first loss of the season and first under head coach Brad Underwood.
“Well, we had a lost ball opportunity that they won the battle of,” Underwood said. “There were actually two or three of those in the overall game tonight. In a close game and at the end of the game, you have to come up with that loose ball, especially on the road. We did not get the shots that we wanted. We did not execute very well in the last three minutes.
“We have to give Texas credit for that. Head coach Rick Barnes has done a great job with changing up his defenses to cause us to not give us what we wanted. Their size affected us a bit in terms of making the game difficult. We got the ball where we wanted it at the rim and they made some great blocks and plays to stop us.”
Walker’s 24-points was a game-high and is the most scored for the ‘Jacks since Desmond Haymon dropped 23 against Northwestern State (Mar. 16) in the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament championship game last season. Walker finished 9-of-16 from the field, hitting six-of-nine from beyond the arc. His six three-pointers is the first for SFA since Kevin Broussard did against Wiley College (Nov. 30, 2011).
Walker, a native of Silver Springs, Md., was one of two ‘Jacks to record double-figures. Haymond recorded 15 points and led the SFA with eight rebounds. Junior Jacob Parker finished with eight points.
The ‘Jacks led 28-14 in points off the bench and held a 19-18 edge off of turnovers, but were outscored 38-20 in the paint and 15-9 in second-chance points.
With the loss, SFA falls to 0-6 all-time to UT, as the Longhorns improve to 3-0 for the first time in the seasons.
The Longhorns started the game on an 11-0 run, but the ‘Jacks quickly erased that lead and led by as many as seven points in the first half, before taking a 35-31 lead into halftime. Walker hit five of his six three-pointers in the first half.
The two teams swapped the lead three times and tied on seven occasions in the second half, with the last coming at 60-60, before the UT got a go-ahead dunk from Jonathan Holmes with 2:37 to go en route to their victory.
SFA, 1-1 on the road, continues its four-game road stretch, with the Roundball Classic. The ‘Jacks will face Marshall in Huntington, WV, on Nov. 21, before facing East Tennessee two days later in Johnson City, TN. Both games will mark the first meetings between either of the opposing schools.