Lumberjacks Surge Over Samford
Nov. 26, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team never trailed and placed five Lumberjacks in double figures, including 21 points from junior Jacob Parker, in a 98-78 offensive surge over Samford Tuesday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum as part of the First Bank and Trust Company Roundball Showcase.
SFA (4-2) lead the entire length of the game, as the 98 points against the Bulldogs (1-6) is the most scored for the `Jacks since they dropped 93 against UT-Tyler (93-36) in the 2011-12 season.
Parker's 21 points across 20 minutes played was a game-high, as he was joined by Desmond Haymon (18), Thomas Walkup (15), Deshaunt Walker (14) and Nikola Gajic (11) in double-figures. Junior Tanner Clayton finished one off of joining his teammates, recording a career-high nine points. The 15 points for Walkup, all made in the first half, was also a career-high.
Parker was the most efficient shooter for either team, shooting 80 percent from the field (8-10) and making all five of his free throw attempts. The native of Bixby, Okla., also led SFA with five assists, a career high.
Defensively, Clayton led the 'Jacks with seven rebounds. Gajic and Parker each finished with five rebounds, respectively. Parker added three steals, while Haymon recorded one block for SFA.
As a team, the `Jacks held a 44-28 margin in points in the paint, but the difference in the game proved to be the superlatives. SFA dominated 23-6 in points off of turnovers, 19-5 in second chance opportunities and 13-4 in fast-break points.
Gajic gave the `Jacks a early 3-0 edge 20 seconds into the game, as SFA built its way to a 24-7 lead after a pair of made free throws from Haymon (11:57). The double-digit lead would soon be erased however, as SU responded with a 20-6 run over the next seven minutes to pull with in three (30-27).
The `Jacks closed the final five minutes of the half on a 13-10 run to take a 43-37 lead into the break.
In the second half, SFA got 17 points from Parker and all of Deshaunt's 14. The 'Jacks did not allow a single offensive rebound and only two points off turnovers to the Bulldogs en route to the 98-78 final.
SFA will now retake the road for a pair of games in North Carolina. The 'Jacks will close out the month of November and the Roundball Showcase at UNC-Wilmington on Friday, Nov. 29, at 6:00 p.m., before traveling to High Point (Dec. 1).