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    Sophomore Trey Pinkney and SFA to play at Northwestern State on Thursday.
    Sophomore Trey Pinkney and SFA to play at Northwestern State on Thursday.

    Jan. 15, 2014

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    Game 18 - SFA (15-2, 4-0 SLC) at Northwestern State (5-10, 1-3 SLC)
    Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 16 • 7:30 p.m. (CT)
    Site: Prather Coliseum (3,400)

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    Team Information
    Stephen F. Austin
    Head Coach: Brad Underwood (Kansas State, 1986)
    Career Record: 15-2 (1st season), Record at SFA: Same

    STORY LINES
    • The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team has opened defense of their 2013 Southland Conference title with a four-game win streak over Lamar, Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. With the 4-0 start and other results around the league, the Lumberjacks sit atop the SLC standings and are the only unblemished team in conference play.

    • SFA, currently riding a 12-game winning streak, are in the midst of a five-game road swing. The `Jacks will play 2013 SLC tournament championship foe Northwestern State (Jan. 16) in Natchitoches, La., in Week 11. 

    • NWST will host the `Jacks inside Prather Coliseum on a two-game losing streak. The Demons, under 15-year head coach Mike McConathy, are coming off a 98-97 loss to HBU in the closing seconds of their Saturday night tilt. NWST leads the nation in scoring (89.7 PPG). Freshman Zikiteran Woodley, a 6-2 guard, is second nationally with his overall 66.7 percent shooting aim while sophomore Jalan West, a 5-10 point guard, is eighth in the country in steals (41) and 22nd in assists per game (2.73). He also ranks in the Top 75 in assist to turnover ratio (56th, plus 2.5) and free throw percentage (72nd, 85.7).

    • The Demons have three of the top six scorers in the conference in Jalan West (18.9 PPG), DeQuan Hicks (16.4 PPG) and Zeek Woodley (16.1 PPG). West leads the league in assists (6.1 average) and steals (2.73). Emerging as a candidate for Freshman All-America status, Woodley has averaged 23.3 points and made 38 of 48 shots in conference play.

    The Last Time Out
    • Sophomore Thomas Walkup and junior Tanner Clayton recorded the first double-doubles of their careers to fuel the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team to a 80-70 win over Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Saturday night inside American Bank Center.

    UP NEXT
    • SFA will continue close its current road stretch with a pair of conference road games in week 12. The `Jacks will play Oral Roberts (Jan. 23) in Tulsa, Okla., before heading on to face Central Arkansas (Jan. 25).

    SFA VS. THE OPPONENT: SFA is 52-62 (.456) all-time against Northwestern State. The `Jacks were 1-2 against the Demons last season and are 2-3 (.400) in the last five meetings between the two teams. SFA dropped a two-points decision (68-66) in the 2013 Southland Conference Tournament championship game, as NWST earned the league's automatic selection to the NCAA Tournament. The `Jacks are 3-2 (.600) against the Demons in Prather Coliseum, but have not won in Natchitoches, La., since the 2009-10 season (1/27/10 - SFA 66-56).

    WALKUP NAMED SLC POW: Sophomore guard Thomas Walkup was named the Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced after playing a pivotal role in keeping the Lumberjacks unbeaten in league play. Walkup recorded a career-high 27 points, the margin of SFA's 77-50 victory at Houston Baptist, finishing 11-of-13 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line Thursday night. The native of Pasadena, Texas (Deer Park H.S.), then followed with the first double-double of his career, with 21 points and 10 rebounds, in a 80-70 victory at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Saturday. Walkup finished 7-of-13 from the floor with two made three-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws along with his 10 boards.

    SOUTHLAND OPENERS: SFA's 85-65 win over Lamar marked its third-straight Southland Conference opening victory. SFA, 1-0 in league openers and in league home openers under first-year head coach Brad Underwood, were 7-6 in openers under Danny Kaspar. The `Jacks were also 4-1 under Kaspar in Southland openers at home and 3-5 in league road openers. 

    HAYMON'S HEROICS: Senior guard Desmond Haymon's 36 points against Cal State Northridge mark 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.

    MID-MAJOR TOP 25: SFA currently checks in at No. 8 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The `Jacks are and remain to be the only Southland Conference school to make an appearance in the poll this year. The last time SFA was in the poll was the 2012-13 season, reaching as high as No. 5 prior to the NIT, its highest ranking in the polls' 15 season of existence. The `Jacks also recently broke into SB Nation Mid-Major Poll, taking the 15th and final spot on the poll.

    WALKER NAMED SLC POW: Senior guard Deshaunt Walker was been named the Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced after leading the Lumberjacks with 22 points in 22 minutes off the bench in a 87-53 statement road victory at North Texas on Dec. 15 inside the Super Pit. The native from Silver Springs, Md. (Spring Brook H.S.) was an efficient 7-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, and made all three of his free throws. He finished two points shy of his career-high while also adding three assists and a steal. 

    HAYMON NAMED SLC POW: Senior guard Desmond Haymon was named the Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after helping Stephen F. Austin to a pair of wins and being named the most valuable player of the Etech Lumberjack Classic. Haymon recorded 18 points, with 14 coming in the second half, in a 79-69 win against Towson (Dec. 6). He then followed with a game-high 21 points in win over James Madison (Dec. 7) to keep SFA unblemished at home. 

    DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR PARKER: Junior forward Jacob Parker, who went through both his freshman and sophomore year without scoring a double-double, has flourished under first-year head coach Brad Underwood's new system, recording double-doubles in four of Stephen F. Austin's first seven games. Parker then scored his fifth in a 28-point, 11-rebound performance against Sam Houston State. The native of Bixby, Okla., is currently averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

    PARKER NAMED SLC POW: Junior forward Jacob Parker was named the Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after recording consecutive double-double performances and helping the Lumberjacks to a 1-1 record in the team's first two games of the First Bank and Trust Company Roundball Showcase. Parker recorded a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds in SFA's come-from-behind 80-73 victory over Marshall in overtime (Nov. 21). Parker's 31 points marks the first time a `Jack has scored 30 points or more since Jereal Scott put up 30 against Wiley College in 2011. The native from Bixby, Okla., followed up with 19 points and a career-high with 12 boards against East Tennessee State (Nov. 23).

    INSIDE WILLIAM R. JOHNSON COLISEUM: Stephen F. Austin currently owns a share of the longest active home winning streak in the country at 26 games. SFA, 8-0 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum this season, went all of the 2012-13 season without dropping a match at home en route to the Southland Conference regular season title. The last loss for the `Jacks at home came against UT-Arlington (2/15/12) in the 2011-12 season. 

    SAFE AT HOME: In 13 seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar and already 17 games under first-year head coach Brad Underwood, the Lumberjacks have compiled a 159-35 (.820) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 355-126 (.738) all-time in the Coliseum. SFA has recorded eight-straight seasons and 11 campaigns in the last 12 years with double-digit wins at home after its win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pushed the `Jacks to 15-0 at home last season, tying the best home mark for SFA since going 15-0 at home in 2003-04. Of those 15 wins, 12 came by double digits.

    SFA SPOILS HOME DEBUT FOR KASPAR: Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 14 points and junior Jacob Parker recorded the first double-double of his career, as the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team knocked off Texas State 64-57 to spoil the debut of former head coach Danny Kaspar Tuesday (Nov. 12) night inside Strahan Coliseum. In his 13 years in Nacogdoches, Kaspar posted a 246-141 (.636) overall record and guided the `Jacks to seven 20-win seasons, three Southland Conference regular-season titles, two NIT appearances and a berth in the 2009 NCAA Championship tournament.

    UNDERWOOD WINS DEBUT: Junior Jacob Parker and senior Nikola Gajic both recorded career-highs and the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team placed three Lumberjacks in double-figures, as head coach Brad Underwood picked up his first win at the helm in a 90-64 victory over UT-Tyler Friday, Nov. 8 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The win comes one week after SFA beat Arkansas Tech in its exhibition opener on Nov. 1.

    SFA PICKED THIRD/FOURTH IN SLC POLLS: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team was picked third and fourth in the Southland Conference preseason polls conducted by coaches and sports information directors, league officials announced Wednesday morning. SFA, the defending 2012-13 SLC regular season champion, was picked fourth in the coaches' poll and in a two-way tie with Sam Houston State in the SID poll, receiving one first place vote.  

    HAYMON, PARKER NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-SLC TEAMS: Senior Desmond Haymon and junior Jacob Parker were each named to the preseason All-Southland Conference teams for the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team, conference officials announced on Wednesday. Haymond was SFA's lone representative on the preseason first team, while Parker earned second team recognition.

    UNDERWOOD NAMED HEAD COACH: Brad Underwood was named the 11th head coach of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball program on April 23, SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

    QUICK HITS 
    • The SFA men's basketball team enters week 11 tied with No. 23 Duke for first in the country with a 26-game home winning streak dating back to the 2011-12 season.
    • The `Jacks currently rank fifth in the nation with a 5.9 turnover margin.
    • Haymon's 36 points against CSU Northridge (Dec. 30) marks the second time this season a `Jack has scored 30 points or more. Parker recorded 31 points in a overtime win at Marshall (Nov. 21).
    Deshaunt Walker's six made three-pointers at Texas (Nov. 15) is the first for SFA since Kevin Broussard against Wiley College (11/30/2011).
    • The Lumberjacks streak of 66 consecutive games of holding an opponent under 70 points ended with their 72-62 loss at Texas (Nov. 15). SFA went all of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons without allowing 70 points to an opponent.
    • SFA is coming off a 27-5 campaign in 2012-13, in which the men set a school record in wins and claimed their third Southland Conference title in program history.  
    • SFA made its third-ever appearance in the NIT in 2013 at Stanford and first since 2008 when it fell to UMASS. SFA is 1-4 all-time in postseason tournaments.
    Brad Underwood became the 11th head coach in SFA history on April 23, 2013.
    • SFA is 1-0 vs. non-Division I programs in the Brad Underwood era.
    • Entering the 2013-14 season, Stephen F. Austin and Wisconsin are the only two programs in the nation to be ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense each of the last five seasons. 

    Series vs. NWST: SFA trails 52-62

    Last 5 Meetings with NWST
    Season (H/A/N), W/L, Score
    2012-13 (N), L, 68-66 (2013 SLC Tournemant Championship)
    2012-13 (H), W, 64-63
    2012-13 (A), L, 61-57
    2011-12 (H), W, 62-52
    2010-11 (A), L, 70-65

    Last Meeting with NWST - (2012-13 Season - Mar. 16, 2013, Katy, Texas)
    The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks got 23 points from Desmond Haymon, but the second-seeded Northwestern State Demons did just enough in the second half and squeezed out a 68-66 win over the `Jacks in the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament on Saturday at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.

    Series Notes
    • Thursday's game at NWST will be the 115th meeting between SFA and the Demons.
    • The `Jacks are 52-62 (.456) all-time against Northwestern State. The `Jacks were 1-2 agaisnt the Demons in 2012-13 and are 2-3 (.400) in the last five meetings between the two teams.
    • SFA is 3-2 (.600) against the Demons in the last five meetings in Prather Coliseum and have not won in Natchitoches, La., since the 2009-10 season (1/27/10 - SFA 66-56).

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    The Last Meeting
    Northwestern State68
    SFA66
    March 16, 2013
    Merrel Center - Katy, Texas
    Demons Upset SFA For Tournament Title
    The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks got 23 points from Desmond Haymon, but the second-seeded Northwestern State Demons did just enough in the second half and squeezed out a 68-66 win over the `Jacks in the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament on Saturday at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.

      COMING SOON