Senior Deshaunt Walker led SFA with 14 points in a 71-68 win over High Point Sunday. (Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec. 1, 2013
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Senior Deshaunt Walker scored a team-high 14 points off the bench and the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team closed on a 9-7 run to edge High Point 71-68 Sunday afternoon inside the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center.
Tied 62-62 with 2:36 remaining, senior Nikola Gajic hit a layup and was 3-for-4 from the free throw line, with senior Desmond Haymon adding four points from the charity stripe down the stretch, as SFA (6-2) kept the Panthers (3-3) at bay.
Walker’s 14 points came on a 5-of-9 shooting performance from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in 22 minutes played. The native of Silver Springs, Md., was one of three Lumberjacks to score in double figures, joined by Gajic (12) and junior Jacob Parker (10). Junior Connor Brooks recorded a career-high nine points in 18 minutes as a reserve, while Haymon finished with eight points.
SFA shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the field, including a season-high 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the three-point line.
Clayton, Gajic, Parker and Walker, all recorded six rebounds, respectively. The six boards were a career-high for Walker.
Guards Trey Pinkney, Dallas Cameron and Haymon, each compiled three assists, while sophomore Thomas Walkup came up with two steals.
As a team, the ‘Jacks held a 34-21 advantage in points off the bench and a 13-9 mark in points off turnovers.
SFA was 50 percent or better in all shooting aspects in the first half, taking a 38-33 lead into the break.
In the second half, the ‘Jacks led by as much as 12 (56-43) on a made three-pointer from Walker with 13:00 remaining. The three-point-shot capped off a 15-2 run for SFA.
Down 56-43, HPU scored eight consecutive points before the ‘Jacks finally added one on a made free throw from Pinkney to end a four-minute scoring drought and make it 57-51. Following the free throw, the Panthers then put up nine more to cap off a 17-1 run and take a 60-57 lead with 4:55 remaining.
Down by three, the SFA scored the next five points, including a three-pointer from Pinkney to give the ‘Jacks back a 62-60 edge before free throws tied it up 62 all.
SFA will now return to Nacogdoches, hosting James Madison and Towson inside William R. Johnson Coliseum for the fourth annual Etech Lumberjack Classic. Fans can follow the ‘Jacks on the SFA All-Access video stream and live stats, both available on sfajacks.com. Updates can also be found on Twitter by following the team at @SFA_MBB.