SFA Hits Road For Lamar, Sam Houston State
Feb. 12, 2014
Game 25 - SFA (RV) (22-2, 11-0 SLC) at Lamar (3-20, 2-9 SLC)
Game 26 - SFA (RV) (22-2, 11-0 SLC) vs. Sam Houston State (17-6, 9-2 SLC)
Lamar Cardinals Colonels (3-20, 2-9 SLC)
Sam Houston Bearkats (17-6, 9-2 SLC)
SFA, currently riding a 19-game winning streak, will retake the road for a pair of games in Week 15. The `Jacks will close their Texas road swing with visits to Lamar on Thursday, Feb. 13, and to Sam Houston State on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Saturday meeting with Piney Woods rival SHSU will be streamed on ESPN 3.
LU enters the week having lost two-straight under third-year head coach Pat Knight. The Cardinals, with just three wins all season, are led by junior guard Nimrod Hillard's 14.1 PPG. Hillard is on of four players averaging double figures for LU, joined by Amos Wilson (11.0), Rhon Mitchell (10.5) and Donovan Ross (10.4).
SHSU enters the week having won eight of its last nine under fourth-year head coach Jason Hooten. The Bearkats, on a four-game win streak, are led by junior guard Jarabi Peters' 13.0 PPG. Peters is one of two SHSU players averaging double figures, joined by junior guard Kaheem Ransom (11.6). The Bearkats, unranked, are receiving 15 votes in CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Top 25.
The Last Time Out
SFA VS. THE OPPONENT: The Lumberjacks are 29-24 (.547) all-time against Lamar. SFA has won its last three-straight meetings with the Cardinals and five of its past six, with its last loss coming during the 2012 Southland Conference tournament when the `Jacks dropped a 55-44 decision in the semifinals. SFA is 105-92 (.533) all-time against Sam Houston, which includes a 26-30 (.464) record since both teams began Southland Conference play in 1987. The `Jacks have won its last six meetings with the Bearkats, with its last loss coming during the 2011 Southland Conference tournament when SFA fell in a 61-45 decision in the first round.
NEARING 1,000: Senior guard Desmond Haymon enters the week just 28 points shy of breaking the 1,000 point barrier.
FIRST-YEAR SUCCESS: Already with 22 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 was the first time this season and second in the last two years in which the `Jacks received votes in the poll. SFA received its first votes, receiving three, in the AP Top 25 entering Week 15. The `Jacks 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.
ROAD WARRIORS: SFA sits second in the nation with its eight-game road win streak and 10 overall road wins on the season.
RPI: Except for one week this season, SFA's RIP has ranked in the top 100 in the country. The highest RPI mark for the Lumberjacks this season came back on Dec. 9, when SFA ranked 87, its only sub-90 mark. The `Jacks retied that RPI ranking entering Week 14 and rank 87th entering Week 15.
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 checked in at No. 3 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25., its highest-ever in program history, entering Week 14 and remained in the third spot entering Week 15. 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 previous benchmark. The `Jacks also rank eighth in the SB Nation Mid-Major Madness Power 15 Poll for a second-straight week.
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. Parker recorded double-doubles in four of Stephen F. Austin's first seven games. The native of Bixby, Okla., has sense added three more in conference play, recording his fifth in a 28-point, 11-rebound performance against Sam Houston State (Jan. 4), sixth double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds at Northwestern State (Jan. 16) and seventh in a 21-point, 11-board showing at Central Arkansas (Jan. 25). The native of Bixby, Okla., is currently averaging 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Parker ranks ninth in the SLC in scoring and fifth 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 enters the week with the nation's longest active home court win streak at 30 games. SFA enters Saturday's one game ahead of No. 8/9 Duke. SFA, 12-0 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 22 games under first-year head coach Brad Underwood, the Lumberjacks have compiled a 163-35 (.823) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 358-126 (.740) all-time in the Coliseum. SFA has recorded nine-straight seasons and 12 campaigns in the last 13 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.
Series vs. LU: SFA leads 29-24
Last meeting with LU - (2013-14 Season - Jan. 2, 2014, Nacogdoches, Texas)
Series vs. SHSU: SFA leads 105-92
Last meeting with SHSU - (2013-14 Season - Jan. 4, 2013, Nacogdoches, Texas)