SFA Takes Down Tulsa
Nov. 24, 2012
The Lumberjacks (4-0) never trailed and held the Golden Hurricane (4-2) to its lowest scoring output of the season, getting its fourth win in its last five tries against Conference USA teams under Danny Kaspar. It is also just the fourth 4-0 start for the `Jacks in the last 40 years of the program.
SFA held the Golden Hurricane to just 31 percent shooting, including just 3 of 14 from the 3-point line, and forced 18 turnovers on the afternoon while committing just a dozen itself.
Parker, playing near his hometown of Bixby, Okla., had a career day with 16 points and four rebounds while Smith just missed his second straight double-double, pulling down eight rebounds to go with his 17 points. Point guard Hal Bateman also had a big day, dishing out 10 assists with four steals and just two turnovers, along with a thunderous one-handed slam in the second half that quieted the Golden Hurricane crowd of 3,984.
Thomas Walkup did not crack the scoring column, but did pull down eight of SFA's 34 rebounds as the `Jacks managed to outrebound TU 34-33, the 14th consecutive game in which SFA has outrebounded its opponent. Desmond Haymon added six points and a pair of rebounds and the Lumberjacks manged to dominate the paint with a 36-14 advantage, helping nullify just a 6-for-15 afternoon from the foul line.
The `Jacks shot a solid 44 percent from the field and never trailed in the first half, getting five quick points from Smith before Parker hit consecutive three-pointers as part of his 10-point opening half. SFA forced 11 Tulsa turnovers and held the Golden Hurricane without a field goal from the 13:51 mark of the half until a short jumper from Zeldric King with 6:20 to go. In the meantime, the `Jacks continued to build its lead on buckets from Parker, Bateman and Haymon while holding TU to just one field goal in the final four minutes of the period.
Tulsa tried to speed things up in the second half, showing the `Jacks full-court pressure and zone looks in a half court set; however, after a quick 7-2 run early in the half cut the SFA lead to just seven points, the `Jacks weathered the Hurricane and got a bucket from Smith and then Bateman's one-handed slam to push the lead back to double figures.
The `Jacks made half of their shots from the field and only attempted a pair of triples, doing the majority of their work in the paint, where it outscored TU 22-6 in the second half. Tulsa was never within single digits of the `Jacks for the final 7:38 of the game.
SFA will try now to run its record to 5-0 on the year next Saturday at home when it hosts San Diego at William R. Johnson Coliseum.