Sophomore Thomas Walkup scored 15 points in SFA's 83-49 victory over Elmhurst College Saturday.
Dec. 21, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team had a well-balanced attack, placing three Lumberjacks in double figures, to cruise past Elmhurst College 83-49 and win their 23rd-straight home victory inside William R. Johnson Coliseum Saturday night.
With the win, SFA (10-2) reties No. 8 Duke for the second longest active home winning streak in the nation. The victory is also the seventh consecutive for the ‘Jacks this season.
For a second-straight game and fourth time this season, senior Deshaunt Walker led the SFA in scoring. Walker netted 17 points in 20 minutes off the bench verse the Bluejays (7-3). The native of Silver Springs, Md., made a game-high seven buckets in 13 attempts from the floor, with three shots coming from beyond the arc, while also adding three assists and a steal.
SFA’s other double-figure scorers were sophomore Thomas Walkup and junior Jacob Parker. Walkup finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Parker finished one bucket and one pull-down behind with 13 points and six rebounds. Seniors Nikola Gajic and Desmond Haymon both recorded eight points in the victory.
Defensively, four ‘Jacks forced three turnovers or more for EC. Gajic led SFA with four steals, while Parker, Pinkney and Walker all recorded three. Freshman Dallas Cameron and Haymon also contributed to the Bluejays’ turnovers, each recording two steals, respectfully. SFA finished with a season-high 21 steals, while holding the opposition to a season-low two made three pointers.
After a combined five missed shots to open the game, EC made the first basket on a jumper, to lead briefly, with 18:07 on the clock. Down 2-0, SFA caught rhythm and went on a 7-0 run across the next 3:37.
The ‘Jacks limited the Bluejays, after their earlier bucket, to just five points across the next 5:06 in building their lead to 28-7 on a made jump shot from Walker at the 9:24 mark. The double-digit difference spanned rest of the half as SFA coasted to a 49-27 lead at the break.
The effort continued into the second half, as the ‘Jacks opened on a 13-6 run to take a 62-34 lead with 11:59 remaining. SFA extended its lead to as many as 34 (80-46), before arriving at the 83-49 final.
The ‘Jacks will enjoy a few days off for Christmas, before closing out their non-conference schedule and the 2013 calendar year with a 8:00 p.m. tip against Cal State Northridge on Monday, Dec. 30, inside in their second of a four-game homestand.