Junior Jacob Parker recorded his fourth double-double of the season in 60-55 victory over UNC-Wilmington Friday.
Nov. 29, 2013
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Junior forward Jacob Parker recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds in a double-double performance, as the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team held on for a 60-55 victory over UNC-Wilmington Friday night inside Trask Coliseum as part of the First Bank and Trust Roundball Showcase.
SFA (5-2), up by three with 20 seconds remaining, got a pair of made free throws senior Deshaunt Walker to supply a five-point cushion over the Seahawks (4-5) down the stretch.
Parker’s double-double is the fourth of the season for the native of Bixby, Okla., and the Lumberjacks. Parker was 6-of-10 from the field, with a made three-pointer and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe in a team-high 37 minutes played. Parker was one of three SFA players to shoot in double-figures on the night, joined by guards Desmond Haymon (12) and Thomas Walkup (10).
Defensively, Parker’s 12 boards were a game-high, while adding a career-high four steals. The 12 rebounds also tie his career mark, established earlier this season at East Tennessee State (Nov. 23). Junior Tanner Clayton added five rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes off the bench.
SFA, despite a sluggish shooting night and losing the battle in the paint (22-20), led 13-3 in points off turnovers and 14-5 in second-chance points as a team. The ‘Jacks overcame a season-low 36.4 percent shooting from the field (20-55) and were 15-of-24 from the free throw line.
After UNCW scored first, a layup from Haymon (18:06) sparked an 8-0 run for SFA that culminated in a jumper from Parker (12:42), as the ‘Jacks held the Seahawks scoreless for 7:19. SFA would go on to lead by as much as eight in the first half (12-4), before the Seahawks pecked away to pull with in one (27-26) at halftime.
SFA did not allow any points off turnovers or second-chance opportunities across the first half.
In the second half, the lead changed four times before the 'Jacks retained the one-point edge (40-39) on a jumper from Parker (9:14). SFA then built its lead to as much as nine (56-47) with 1:23 remaining.
UNCW went on an 8-2 run to pull within three (58-55), before Walker’s free throws provided space en route to the 60-55 victory.
The 'Jacks closed the Roundball Showcase with a 3-1 mark and will remain in the state of North Carolina for one more game, playing at High Point Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1:00 p.m.