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    Lumberjack Game Notes: vs UTSA
    SFA will put its perfect 3-0 SLC record on the line on Saturday vs UTSA.
    SFA will put its perfect 3-0 SLC record on the line on Saturday vs UTSA.

    Jan. 13, 2012

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    Stephen F. Austin vs UTSA
    January 14, 2011 • 6:00 p.m. CT
    William R. Johnson Coliseum (7,203) • Nacogdoches, Texas
    Radio: Q107.7 FM • TV: None • Online:

    Record: 9-7 (3-0)
    Last 5/Streak: 4-1/W4
    Coach: Danny Kaspar
    Career: 427-184
    At SFA: 208-131
    SID: Ben Rikard

    Record: 9-7 (2-1)
    Last 5/Streak: 3-2/L1
    Coach: Brooks Thompson
    Career: 142-98
    At UTSA: 96-84
    SID: Kyle Stephens

    GAME TIME: SFA is one of just two teams off to a 3-0 start in the Southland Conference and after knocking off Central Arkansas on the road on Wednesday, the ‘Jacks will look to stay perfect in the new year on Saturday when they host reigning SLC Tournament champion UTSA at William R. Johnson Coliseum.   

    LAST GAME: Jonathan King had a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks picked up their fourth straight win with a 67-56 victory over Central Arkansas on Wednesday at the Farris Center. SFA is now off to its first 3-0 start in conference play since the 2008-09 season, and had to withstand a late charge from the Bears (5-9, 0-2) to do so. King was joined by Jereal Scott (15 points) and Taylor Smith in double figures as the `Jacks overcame just a 15-of-28 shooting performance from the foul line. Robert Crawford led the Bears with a career-best 15 points, including three three-point buckets as the Bears were able to trim a 19-point SFA lead in the second half down to just six points with under two minutes to play; however, SFA made its final seven free throws in the final two minutes after hitting just eight of its first 21 in the ballgame.        

    THE ROADRUNNERS: UTSA had won four of five, and was off to a 2-0 start in conference play before hitting a speed bump at home on Wednesday in a 50-49 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The ‘Runners hit just 3-of-22 from behind the arc against the Islanders, but fell short of completely erasing what was a 37-20 deficit at the half.  

    vs. UTSA: SFA is 15-23 all-time against the Roadrunners, but is 11-10 during Danny Kaspar’s tenure as head coach. The ‘Jacks have won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams, including sweeping UTSA last season. The last win for UTSA came in the regular-seaosn finale of the 2009-10 season when the ‘Runners came to Nacogdoches and escaped with a 65-63 verdict.

    COVERAGE: Saturday’s game will be aired live on KTBQ Q107.7 FM in the Nacogdoches/Lufkin area. The pregame show will begin aproximately 15 minutes prior to the 6:00 p.m. tip with Rob Meyers on the mic.

    UP NEXT: With no midweek game on the dockett, the Lumberjacks will fuel up for the its final trip to Arlington to take on UTA as a member of the Southland Conference. The January 21 game will be the final Mavs’ final game at Texas Hall before opening up the brand-new College Park Center on Feb. 1 vs UTSA.

    KING FOR A NIGHT: After going a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line, Jonathan King finished Wednesday’s game at Central Arkansas with a career-high 19 points and also matched his season high with eight rebounds for the third time this year. It was a rare feat not only for King, but also SFA, as his night was the first time an SFA player had been perfect from the field with at least seven field goal tries in a game since Ben Hunt was a perfect 10-for-10 from the field at ULM on Jan. 5, 2002.

    TAYLOR MADE: Junior post Taylor Smith went 6-for-7 in Wednesday’s win at Central Arkansas, upping his league-leading field goal percentage to .726, with the next closest to him being Northwestern State’s William Mosley who sits with a .567 percentage. No Lumberjack has led the Southland in field goal percentage since Ron Banks did so in 2001 (.593), while no player in the Southland has shot greater than 70 percent for the year since Nothwestern State’s Jethro Owens did so in 1991 (.714).

    ON A ROLL: With SFA’s win over Southeastern Louisiana, the ‘Jacks picked up their fourth consecutive win. It is the first time this season SFA has managed to string together four victories in a row. The ‘Jacks will go for its first 4-0 start in league play since the 2007-08 season on Saturday vs UTSA.

    DISTANCE LEARNING: During the 2011 calendar year, the ‘Jacks were hindered by inefficiency from three-point land, hitting just 23.5 percent of their tries from beyond the arc and ranking near the bottom of the national rankings; however, since Dec. 30 the ‘Jacks have been much better from distance. In the four games following the Christmas break, SFA has hit 39.0 percent of its three-point tries, including five triples in each of its first two conference games.

    SUB-SEVENTY: SFA has held each of its first 16 opponents under 70 points this season, tying longest streak of sub-70 defensive performances to open up a season. The 2007-08 team did not allow a team to break 70 points in a game until the 16th game of the year and just allowed 70 on four occassions. The 2008-09 team just allowed 70 twice for the year.

    BOSTIC BACK AT IT: Antonio Bostic had been a primary offensive force for SFA early in the season, scoring in double figures in seven of SFA’s first nine games; however, during a five-game stretch beginning Dec. 20 vs Prairie View A&M he averaged just 7.6 points per game and hit 28.8 percent of his shots from the field, reaching double figures just once. But he hit a late three-pointer in SFA’s win at Texas State to bring the ‘Jacks to within two points with 90 seconds to go against the ‘Cats and carried that over to Saturday’s win over Southeastern Louisiana where he hit 7-of-10 shots from the field for 15 points in SFA’s 27-point rout of the Lions.

    CLAMPING DOWN: SFA held Southeastern Louisiana to just 36 points in Saturday’s win over the Lions, holding its third opponent of the season under the 40-point mark. It was also the first time since 2008 that SFA has held a Southland opponent under the 40-point plateau, and is the lowest point total by a Southland opponent for the `Jacks in the Danny Kaspar era.

    HOMEWRECKERS: The Lumberjacks may only have three wins away from Johnson Coliseum this season, but two of them have stung the opponent deeper than normal. SFA picked up its first road win at UTEP on Nov. 26 with a 53-35 verdict over the Miners, holding UTEP to its lowest point total at home since the school opened up the Don Haskins Center in 1976. Most recently, SFA went to San Marcos and stole a 66-65 win at Texas State, snapping the Bobcats’ 16-game home win streak, which spanned more than a calendar year and was one of the top 10 such streaks in the country.

    HAL-UTATIONS: Hal Bateman had scored just four points on four free throws before the final minute of Wednesday’s win at Texas State, but the junior point guard hit three critical free throws to give SFA its first lead of the game with under a minute to go. Then, after the ‘Cats had retaken the lead, Bateman dribbled the length of the court to hit just his second three-point bucket of the season with 0.5 seconds remaining in the game for a one-point SFA win. 

    BATTLING BACK: SFA trailed 15-2 just minutes into Wednesday’s game at Texas State, and went into the locker room down 34-27 before battling back to take a 66-65 win at the buzzer. It was the first time this season that SFA has won a game when trailing at the half after previously being 0-7 when behind after 20 minutes of play.

    SOUTHLAND OPENERS: In Danny Kaspar’s 12 seasons at SFA, the ‘Jacks are now 6-6 in Southland Conference openers after knocking off Texas State on Wednesday. The ’Jacks had dropped three of their last four league-opening games and had lost five straight times when opening Southland play on the road. SFA is now 3-5 under Kaspar in Southland openers away from home. The last time a Lumberjack team had won a league-opening road game was a 2002-03 verdict at former Southland member ULM.

    DIVIDE AND CONQUER: Since the Southland Conference began divisional play in 2006-07, SFA has won three of a possible six division championships. The ’Jacks won the Southland West in 2008 and won the East Division title in 2009 and 2010.

    HOME DEFENSE: SFA held its opponents to 50 points or fewer in nine of 16 games at home last season, and allowed just 51.6 points per game at home in 2010-11. In seven games at home this year SFA is allowing just 49.1 points per game, including just 36 points to Southeastern Louisiana and UT-Tyler.

    SAFE AT HOME: In 10-plus seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar, the Lumberjacks have compiled a 132-33 (.800) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 328-124 (.726) all-time in the Coliseum. SFA has recorded six straight seasons and eight campaigns in nine years with double-digit wins at home.

    BEAST AGAINST THE EAST: In four-plus years of divisional play in the Southland Conference, SFA has only lost one home game to a team from the Southland East Division. That was a 67-57 decision against Northwestern State in 2006-07, the first year of divisional action. Since then, the ’Jacks have reeled off 15 straight home wins against the East. SFA is 18-1 at home against East Division teams, and has a 30-8 overall mark against teams in that division.

    CLAMPING DOWN: SFA returned to William R. Johnson Coliseum on Dec. 30 to take a 57-point win over UT-Tyler, holding the Patriots to just 36 points in the victory. The 36 points was the lowest for a Lumberjack opponent since SFA held ULM to 36 points last season, a mark that is the second-lowest defensive showing in the Danny Kaspar era and that was matched less than 10 days later when SFA held Southeastern Louisiana to just 36 points as well. The lowest in the era was when SFA held Huston-Tillotson to just 33 points during the 2007-08 season.

    FAILURE TO LAUNCH: The Lumberjacks have had their struggles from beyond the arc this season, launching three-pointers at just a 26.8 percent clip through 16 games. That mark is hindered by an 0-for-8 performance from three-point land in SFA’s three-point loss in Eugene, Ore., to Prairie View A&M. It was the first time since an 0-for-8 outing in a win over Alabama A&M in the 2004-05 season that SFA has not made a three-point field goal in a game, a span of 214 games.

    SCOTT OVER 1K: After a junior season where he scored 13.3 points per game and hit a school-record 60 percent of his shots from the floor, Jereal Scott has positioned himself for a senior season that could leave his name sprinkled throughout the SFA record book. He has hit double figures now 12 times, and reached the 1,000-point mark for his career during SFA’s recent trip to Oregon. Scott needed 23 points to reach 1,000 and finished with 46 during the three-game stretch as the only Lumberjack to reach double figures in each contest. He is averaging 13.9 points per game this season and is just the eighth Lumberjack to reach the 1,000-point mark in SFA’s era as a Division I program.  

    HI, MY NAME IS ____: SFA has just four returning players — including two starters — from last season. But with two of the four being sophomores, SFA has only six years of Division I basketball experience on the 2011-12 roster. That figure is tied for the fourth-fewest years of D-I experience in the nation.

    SILVER LINING: SFA was far from sparkling in its 64-57 win over Texas College, but despite a season-high 21 turnovers the ‘Jacks still did have several bright spots. Guards Darius Gardner and Antonio Bostic each tied career highs in assists, Gardner with seven and Bostic with five, while big man Jereal Scott lit up the Steers for 30 points to tie his career high which he set last season at Texas State.

    HAVE A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: The ‘Jacks had 24 assists on 29 made baskets in its 74-48 win over Alabama State. The 24 assists are the most assists by a Lumberjack team in a single game since it had 24 dimes on March 2, 2006 at Sam Houston State. Junior point guard Hal Bateman had eight assists in the game vs the Hornets, marking just the fourth time in the past three seasons SFA has had a player with eight assists in a single game.

    HOME NON-CONFERENCE: After knocking off UT-Tyler, SFA has now won 32 of its last 34 home, non-conference games, dating to the 2006-07 season. Before it’s 58-56 loss to Florida International, the only other SFA loss during that stretch was a two-point defeat against Texas Tech in 2009-10. The Lumberjacks are now 61-5, overall, in home, non-conference games in 12 seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar.

    CLASSIC RESULTS: SFA’s loss to FIU was its first in three years of the Etech Lumberjack Classic. The ‘Jacks are now 5-1 in the Classic and have hosted the event each year since the 2009-10 season. The ’Jacks are now 11-1, all-time, in home, regular-season tournaments. SFA went 4-0 in two years of hosting the Tall Pines Classic in 1975 and 1976, and the ’Jacks picked up two wins in the Stephen F. Austin Tournament in 1963.

    BURYING THE MINERS: The Lumberjacks held UTEP to just 35 points in a 53-35 win on Saturday in El Paso. It was the lowest point total for UTEP at home since the Don Haskins Center opened in 1976, eclipsing its previous low of 41 set in 1980. The 35 points was also the lowest opponent point total for SFA vs a Division I team since becoming Division I itself entering the 1986-87 season, and the second-lowest opponent total overall in the Danny Kaspar era, falling just short of the 33 points allowed to Huston-Tillotson in 2007-08.
    BOUNCING BACK: SFA is 11-5 over the last two seasons in games following a loss. Over the last four seasons, the ’Jacks are 22-0 in home games following defeats. The last time SFA dropped two straight games with the second loss coming at home was the 2006-07 season, when the ’Jacks fell at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, then lost at home to UTSA in the regular-season finale.

    KASPAR GETS 200: Danny Kaspar closed out the 2010-11 season just one win shy of 200 for his career at Stephen F. Austin, but it did not take him long to register that win this year as the ‘Jacks got him the win in front of a home crowd with a season-opening, 84-43, win on Friday vs Centenary. He is already third all-time at SFA in head coaching wins, trailing only Marshall Brown (345) and Bob Shelton (245).

    BELOW FIFTY: SFA held 10 opponents below 50 points last season, and have held five opponents under 50 this season, most recently allowing just 36 points to Southeastern Louisiana on Jan. 7. In 12 seasons under Danny Kaspar the Lumberjacks have held an opponent to 50 points or fewer on 56 occasions, losing just five of those games.

    TOURNAMENT TEAM: Over the last four seasons, SFA is 10-5 in seven regular-season, tournament-format events. The Lumberjacks won two games at the Drake Hy-Vee Classic in 2008-09 and split a pair of contests at the Arkansas Jim Thorpe Classic later that season. In 2009, SFA swept two games each in the Etech Lumberjack Classic and the St. Mary’s Shamrock Classic, then picked up two wins in the 2010 Etech Classic. The ‘Jacks split two games at this year’s Etech Lumberjack Classic in Nacogdoches and dropped three at the Global Hoops Showcase in Eugene, Ore.

    DEFENSE FIRST: The Lumberjacks led the nation in scoring defense at 56.7 points per game allowed in 2010-11. SFA has finished the year ranked among the top 10 in scoring defense in each of the last four seasons, including No. 2 rankings in 2008 and 2009. The best defensive season by a Lumberjack team in the Division I era was 2008-09, when SFA held the opposition to 56.1 points per game. This year they are right back where they have been accustomed, and entered the week leading the SLC and ranking fourth in the nation in scoring defense at 53.6 points per contest.

    START ME UP: The Lumberjacks saw a pair of freshmen get action in it’s season-opener vs Centenary in guard Micah Delph and forward Jacob Parker; however, it was the 6-6 Parker that, despite a stat line that did not sparkle, turned the most heads. Parker found himself on the floor at the opening tip, making him the first Lumberjack freshman since Marcus Clark in 2002 to be in the starting lineup for the season opener. He started each of SFA’s first five games before giving way to transfer Jonathan King.

    JUCO CONNECTION: The ‘Jacks have managed to develop a recruiting pipeline to two successful junior colleges in recent years, and those recruiting dividends are evident once again on this year’s roster. Joe Bright joins former Lumberjacks Denzel Barnes and Benson Akpan as transfers from Howard College since 2007-08, while Taylor Smith is the fifth ‘Jack from McLennan CC since 2007, joining Jordan Glynn, Eric Bell, Walt Harris and Orren Tims in that category.

    SOUTHLAND SUCCESS: SFA is 6-3 in its last three Southland Tournament appearances. The ’Jacks have been in the championship game in two of the last three years, winning it in 2009 and losing last season.

    HOME INVASION: SFA’s 55-40 loss to Sam Houston State in last year’s home finale marked the first time since 2006-07 for SFA to lose at least three home games in a single campaign. The ’Jacks went 10-5 at home in 2006-07.

    LOW POINT: The 40 points SFA scored against Sam Houston State in last season’s match-up with the Bearkats set a Johnson Coliseum record for fewest points scored by the ’Jacks. The previous record was 41 in a 52-41 loss to Southeastern Louisiana in February of 1995.

    LOW-BALLED: The 46 points A&M-Corpus Christi put up in its win over SFA last season tied for the fewest points by a Lumberjack opponent in an SFA loss over the last 11 seasons. In 11 years under Danny Kaspar, the ’Jacks have held the opposition below 50 points 55 times and lost only five times.

    THREE’S BAD COMPANY: SFA suffered its first three-game losing streak in non-conference play since the 2004-05 season over the Chrsitmas break. The ‘Jacks had not dropped three consecutive games since falling to Grambling State, Alabama A&M and Jackson State during the 2004-05 campaign, but fell to Prairie View A&M, North Carolina Central and Oregon in Eugene, Ore. at the Global Hoops Showcase.