Haymon's Career High Pushes SFA Past LCU

Desmond Haymon had a career-high 24 points in SFA's win over LCU on Saturday.

Dec. 15, 2012

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks got a career-high 24 points from Desmond Haymon and hit beter than 59 percent from the floor, needing all the offense it could get to hold off a pesky Lubbock Christian squad, 78-67, on Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

SFA (7-1) put four players in double figures, led by Haymon, who hit eight of his 10 shots from the field - including a career-best four from downtown - to go with five rebounds. Meanwhile, Taylor Smith also continued his run of solid play, going for 16 points, five rebounds and four blocks.

In addition, Antonio Bostic added 12 and Jacob Parker 11 while Hal Bateman dished out six of SFA's 17 assists on the night.

The `Jacks needed all of that offensive support to fend off the Chaparrals (6-5), whose 67 points were the most by any SFA opponent this season and the most by any visiting team in Johnson Coliseum in a non-overtime game since Texas Tech put up 70 in a win early in the 2010-11 season.

LCU hit 49 percent of its shots from the floor, including 10 three-point buckets, while its reserves outscored the SFA subs 31-11. That was thanks in large part to a team-leading 20 points from Anthony Brancato, who managed to hit four of his seven three-point tries.

SFA held as much as a nine-point lead in the first half before 13 consecutive points from the Chaps vaulted them out in front 28-24 with less than five minutes to play in the opening period.

Despite hitting 58.3 percent of its shots in the first half, the `Jacks still had to put together a 10-0 run in the final 4:15 to manage to take a lead into the break. Parker erased LCU's largest lead of the night on consecutive possessions with a pair of buckets before Haymon added the final five points of the run, including a transition three-pointer from the left wing just before the halftime buzzer that put SFA up 35-30 after the opening 20 minutes.

It took SFA just over five minutes to push its lead to double digits, opening the second half on a 12-5 run and not letting the Chaps back to within single digits until a triple from Jevvon Hunter with 8:08 to play brought LCU to within eight.

But SFA managed to answer, doing so from the foul line where it took 17 attempts in the second period after just six in the first half. Free throws from Parker and Bostic, along with a bucket from Haymon pushed the lead back to 11 and it would get no closer for LCU in the final five minutes with Haymon essentially delivering a dagger to the Chaps' chances with a straight-away three with just over four minutes to play.

The `Jacks will now head to Norman, Okla., for a Tuesday date with the Sooners at the Lloyd Noble Center. It will be the first trip for SFA to Norman since 2007 when the `Jacks escaped with a 66-62 win over OU on its way to claiming the program's first Southland Conference title.



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