SFA Rolls Past Grambling
Dec. 20, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Just 48 hours after it's upset of Oklahoma, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks shook off a slow start and got a double-double from Taylor Smith in a 60-38 win over Grambling on Thursday at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The `Jacks (9-1) held their third opponent of the season under 40 points and held the Tigers (0-9) without a field goal for a stretch of more than 14 minutes spanning both halves. Smith finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in just 28 minutes for his second double-double of the season.
Desmond Haymon was the only other Lumberjack in double figures with 10 points, while nine `Jacks cracked the scoring column. Antonio Bostic was next with eight points and Rex Baxter, Jr. had seven. Hal Bateman hit just one of six shots from the floor, but still dished out six assists and pulled down five rebounds.
Terry Rose led Grambling with 21 points as the only Tiger in double figures.
SFA dominated inside, outscoring the Tigers 24-4 in the paint and pulled down a dozen offensive boards while shooting 54 percent in the second half after just hitting 28 percent of its shots from the floor in the opening period.
The Tigers led by as much as five points with nine minutes to play in the first half, but the `Jacks scored the final 14 points of the period over the final 9:04 on the clock, with eight of those points coming from Smith, to take a 27-18 lead into the locker room.
The run continued into the second half as the `Jacks scored the first eight points to push its lead to 35-18 when Bostic canned the third of three straight mid-range jumpers after a dunk from Smith. Grambling finally got on the board with a free throw from David Copeland before Rose finally got a Tiger field goal on a jumper from the left corner.
But the `Jacks continued to pound the ball inside and eventually ballooned its lead to 28 on the second of consecutive buckets from Baxter before cruising to the finish line.
SFA will now get nine days off before opening up conference play on December 29 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.