Haymon Lifts SFA Over Matadors In Thriller
Dec. 30, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Senior guard Desmond Haymon scored a career-high 36 points to help the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team come from behind and knock off Cal State Northridge 74-67 Monday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. With the win, SFA (11-2) extends its current winning streak to eight games and pulls back into a tie for second in the nation with its now 24-game active home winning streak.
Haymon’s 36 points against CSUN (8-5) marks the second time a ‘Jack has scored 30-plus this season and is the first for an SFA player at home since Jereal Scott dropped 30 against Texas College (12/17/11) in the 2011-12 season. It is also the first time a ‘Jack has scored more than 35 points in a game since 2004.
Haymon finished 12-of-17 from the floor, draining four shots from beyond the arc, and 8-of-13 from the charity stripe. Of his 36 points, 30 of those came in the second half. In the second half, the native of Pickens, Miss., shot 10-of-13 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
Junior forward Jacob Parker joined Haymon in double figures finishing with 13 points. Parker, who shot 4-of-13 from the floor with a made 3-pointer and four made free throws, finished one rebound shy of his fifth double-double of the season with nine boards.
The Matadors set the tone early, jumping out 8-0 before eventually taking that same margin into the break up 37-29.
SFA was forced to play from behind for the better part of the second half, until sophomore Thomas Walkup’s tip-in tied it at 51-51 with 8:46 to play. The ‘Jacks took their first lead of the half less than 30 seconds later on a layup from Parker made it 53-52. However, the lead was short-lived as CSUN went on an 8-1 run to hold a 60-54 lead and force a SFA timeout with 5:57 to play.
After consecutive made 3-pointers from Josh Greene forced the timeout with 5:49 to play, the ‘Jacks caught fire and closed on a 20-7 run to keep their win streaks alive. The surge across the last five-plus minutes was thanks in large part to Haymon, who accounted for 17 points in the closing minutes. Haymon was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field with three shots beyond the arc and four free throws.
SFA closed the month of December with a perfect 6-0 mark and will now have a quick turnaround in the 2014 calendar year as Southland Conference play begins. The ‘Jacks will continue their homestand with a 8:00 p.m. tilt with Lamar on Jan. 2, before hosting Sam Houston State (Jan. 4).