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    Lumberjacks Close Road Swing
    Junior Jacob Parker and SFA will close five-game road swing in Week 12.
    Junior Jacob Parker and SFA will close five-game road swing in Week 12.

    Jan. 22, 2014

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    Game 19 - SFA (RV) (16-2, 5-0 SLC) at Oral Roberts (10-8, 4-1 SLC)
    Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 23 • 7:30 p.m. (CT)
    Site: Prather Coliseum (10,575)

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    Game 20 - SFA (RV) (16-2, 5-0 SLC) at Central Arkansas (4-12, 1-4 SLC)
    Date/Time: Saturday, Jan. 25 • 4:00 p.m. (CT)
    Site: Farris Center (5,500)

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    Team Information
    Stephen F. Austin
    Head Coach: Brad Underwood (Kansas State, 1986)
    Career Record: 16-2 (1st season), Record at SFA: Same

    Oral Roberts
    Head Coach: Scott Sutton (Oklahoma State, 1995)
    Career Record: 280-185 (15th season), Record at ORU: Same

    Central Arkansas
    Head Coach: Clarence Finley (UAPB, 1978)
    Career Record: 4-12 (1st season), Record at UCA: Same

    STORY LINES
    • The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team has opened defense of their 2013 Southland Conference title with a five-game win streak over Lamar, Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and Northwestern State. With the 5-0 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 13-game winning streak, will close its road swing with a pair of conference road games in Week 12. The `Jacks will play Oral Roberts (Jan. 23) in Tulsa, Okla., on ESPN3, before heading on to face Central Arkansas (Jan. 25).

    • ORU will host the `Jacks inside Mabee Center on a three-game win streak. The Golden Eagles, under 15-year head coach Scott Sutton, are coming off a 79-77 win at Incarnate Word. ORU is led senior Shawn Glover's 20.8 PPG, which leads the league.

    • UCA, in the midst of a three-game losing streak on the road, returns to Farris Center to host Northwestern State (Jan. 23), before welcoming SFA to Conway, Ark. The Bears are led by senior LaQuentin Miles, who has averaged 22.5 through eight games played after regaining academic eligibility. 

    The Last Time Out
    • Senior Deshaunt Walker finished with 22 points off the bench and junior Jacob Parker recorded his sixth double-double of the season to fuel the SFA men's basketball team to their 13th-straight victory in a 74-58 showing over Northwestern State Thursday night inside Prather Coliseum. 

    UP NEXT
    • SFA will play its first home game since Sam Houston State (Jan. 4) when the `Jacks host Abilene Christian on Thursday, Jan. 30. The 8:00 p.m. tilt with the Wildcats will be the first between SFA and ACU since ACU joined the league. The game will also open a four-game homestand inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. 

    SFA VS. THE OPPONENT: The Lumberjacks are 6-5 (.545) all-time against Oral Roberts and 10-0 (1.000) all-time against Central Arkansas, winning all four meetings with the opposing teams last season. The `Jacks are 3-2 (.600) in the last five meetings with ORU and are 5-1 (.833) all-time inside Mabee Center. SFA has not dropped a decision to UCA since the Bears joined the Southland Conference in the 2006-07 basketball season, making the transition from Division II.

    FIRST-YEAR SUCCESS: Already with 16 wins at the helm of the Lumberjacks, head coach Brad Underwood is the program's all-time winningest head coach in their first year at SFA. With the 74-58 victory at Northwestern State (Jan. 16), Underwood passed Glen Rose (1948) and John O. Stephens (1952), who both recorded 15 wins back in their respective first seasons.

    VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: After 11 weeks without a vote, SFA received one vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll released on Jan. 20. It is the first time this season and second in the last two years in which the `Jacks received votes in the poll. SFA received votes in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll last season for the first time since getting votes in both the AP and Coaches Polls during its 2007-08 SLC title season. The `Jacks also received their first AP vote last season on Feb. 25, it's first vote in the AP Top 25 since the 2007-08 season as well.

    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. 7 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 seasons of existence. The `Jacks also rank eighth in the SB Nation Mid-Major Madness Power 15 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 (Jan. 4) and sixth double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds at Northwestern State (Jan. 16). The native of Bixby, Okla., is currently averaging 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Parker ranks 10th in the SLC in scoring and fourth in rebounds.

    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 18 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 Lumberjacks enter Week 12 leading the nation with their six-game win streak.
    • SFA, despite not playing at home since Jan. 4, are second nationally behind No. 18 Duke with a 26-game home winning streak dating back to the 2011-12 season.
    • The `Jacks are on a 13-game win streak ranks fifth in the nation.
    • SFA currently ranks seventh in the nation with a 5.4 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).
    • 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. ORU: SFA leads 6-5
    Last 5 Meetings with ORU
    Season (H/A), W/L, Score
    2012-13 (H), W, 77-67
    2012-13 (A), W, 61-50
    2002-03 (H), W, 71-68
    2001-02 (A), L, 78-57
    1996-97 (H), L, 96-70

    Last meeting with ORU - (2012-13 Season - Feb. 9, 2013, Nacogdoches, Texas)
    SFA maintained its sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference and secured its fifth 20-win season in the last six years with a 77-67 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday in front of 4,377 people at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

    Series vs. UCA: SFA leads 10-0
    Last 5 Meetings with UCA
    Season (H/A), W/L, Score
    2012-13 (H), W, 72-36
    2012-13 (A), W, 77-69
    2011-12 (A), W, 67-56
    2010-11 (H), W, 75-63
    2009-10 (A), W, 54-49

    Last meeting with UCA - (2012-13 Season - Feb. 7, 2013, Nacogdoches, Texas)
    SFA got 21 points and eight rebounds from Taylor Smith and doubled up Central Arkansas, 72-36, on Thursday at William R. Johnson Coliseum to complete the season sweep. 

    Series Notes
    • Thursday's game at Oral Roberts will be the 12th meeting between SFA and the Golden Eagles. The `Jacks have their last three-straight meetings with ORU.
    • Friday's game at Central Arkansas will be the 11th meeting between SFA and the Bears. The `Jacks have not dropped a meeting with UCA.

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    The Last Meeting
    Oral Roberts67
    SFA77
    February 9, 2013
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    SFA Stays Atop SLC With Win Over ORU
    The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks maintained its sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference and secured its fifth 20-win season in the last six years with a 77-67 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday in front of 4,377 people at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

    The Last Meeting
    Central Arkansas36
    SFA72
    February 7, 2013
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    SFA Blasts Bears
    The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks got 21 points and eight rebounds from Taylor Smith and doubled up Central Arkansas, 72-36, on Thursday at William R. Johnson Coliseum to complete the season sweep of the Bears.

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