Jan. 20, 2012
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Stephen F. Austin at UT-Arlington
January 21, 2011 7:00 p.m. CT
Texas Hall (3,600) Arlington, Texas
Radio: Q107.7 FM TV: None Online: www.utamavs.com
Record: 9-8 (3-1)
Last 5/Streak: 4-1/L1
Coach: Danny Kaspar
At SFA: 208-132
SID: Ben Rikard
Record: 12-5 (5-0)
Last 5/Streak: 5-0/W8
Coach: Scott Cross
At UTSA: 91-78
SID: Art Garcia
GAME TIME: The `Jacks suffered their first loss of the conference season vs UTSA, but have a chance to make big noise in the Southland when it takes on the league's lone remaining unbeaten squad, UT-Arlington, on Saturday in the final game at legendary Texas Hall.
LAST GAME: Jereal Scott finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, but UTSA had just enough fuel in the tank to hold off a late Lumberjack run and snap Stephen F. Austin's four-game win streak with a 59-52 win on Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum. The `Jacks were down by as much as 15 points in the second half, but managed to cut the lead to just four points when Hal Bateman picked the pocket of UTSA's Sei Paye twice in a 10-second span, finishing at the rim each time. But Paye got his revenge on the very next possession with a desperation dagger that seemingly iced the game, a three-point bank shot from 35 feet away with no time on the shot clock with under two minutes to play that put the Roadrunners up 56-49. UTSA held a 29-21 lead at the half and went on a 7-0 run to open the second half, never trailing for the final 35 minutes of the game on their way to running their record to 3-1 in league play.
THE MAVERICKS: UTA has won its last eight games, including starting off Southland play with a 5-0 mark. The only undefeated team remaining in league play, the Mavs have won their first five SLC games by an average of 21.6 points per game but had to hang on to a 77-73 win on Wednesday at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UTA jumped out to a 24-6 lead before having to hang on for its eighth win in a row.
vs. UT-ARLINGTON: SFA is 29-28 all-time against the Roadrunners, but is 9-11 during Danny Kaspar's tenure as head coach. The `Jacks have dropped three of the last five meetings between the teams, including a sweep by the Mavs last season that included an overtime loss at Texas Hall. The `Jacks have not won on the stage since 2008.
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 7:00 p.m. tip with Rob Meyers on the mic.
UP NEXT: SFA returns home on Wednesday for the first of two meetings this season with Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State. The game will be televised on the Southland Conference TV Network, marking the second time this season that SFA has been featured on SLC TV.
A CAREER TO REMEMBER: Senior Jereal Scott is the lone member of SFA's 2008 NCAA Tournament team on the roster, and as he reaches the end of his Lumberjack career it is easy to see that his name will be sprinkled throughout the record book when he is done. Scott is approaching 1,100 points for his career and if he remains on his current pace will finish up in the top 5 all-time scorers in Division I history at SFA. He also needs just 41 more made free throws to become the 11th all-time at SFA with 300 for his career, a mark that he should reach by season's end.
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 5-for-5 in Saturday's win at Central Arkansas, upping his league-leading field goal percentage to .744, with the next closest to him being Northwestern State's William Mosley who sits with a .562 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).
HALF WAY THERE: The `Jacks have not been the best at playing from behind this year, but have also been pretty solid when playing from out in front. That could not be more evident than the fact that the `Jacks are 8-0 this season when taking a lead into the half. Conversely, SFA is 1-8 when trailing at the half with its lone come-from-behind win being at Texas State to open league play.
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 five games following the Christmas break, SFA has hit 33.0 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 17 opponents under 70 points this season, setting a new school record for the 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 its 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. He has seen his minutes go up lately, averaging 21.3 minutes in conference play, while averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 assists in those four contests.
BATTLING BACK: SFA trailed 15-2 just minutes into its 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 50.4 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 132-34 (.795) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 328-125(.724) 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 26.1 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 54.1 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.
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.
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.