Hal Bateman and the 'Jacks host league-leading UT Arlington on Wednesday.
Feb. 14, 2012
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Stephen F. Austin vs UT Arlington
February 15, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. CT
William R. Johnson Coliseum (7,203) • Nacogdoches, Texas
Radio: None • TV: None • Online: www.sfajacks.com
Record: 14-10 (8-3)
Last 5/Streak: 4-1/W2
Coach: Danny Kaspar
At SFA: 213-134
SID: Ben Rikard
Record: 19-5 (11-0)
Last 5/Streak: 5-0/W15
Coach: Scott Cross
At UTA: Same
SID: Art Garcia
GAME TIME: The ‘Jacks have won four of their last five games and now stand all alone in third place in the Southland Conference, just three games back of first place and have a chance to make some serious noise in the SLC on Wednesday when it hosts league-leading UT Arlington.
LAST GAME: The Lumberjacks got 19 points from Antonio Bostic and never trailed, taking a 59-51 win over UTSA on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center. The `Jacks opened the game on a 14-3 run and led by as much as 15 at the break before holding on in the final minutes to win for the fourth consecutive time in San Antonio and avenge a loss to UTSA earlier in the season in Nacogdoches. Darius Gardner joined Bostic in double figures with 10 points and four assists, but also canned two three-point buckets in the final two minutes of the game to keep the `Runners at bay. In all SFA tied a season high with eight three-pointers, led by three apiece from Gardner and Bostic. Jonathan King led SFA on the glass with eight rebounds for the second consecutive game, adding eight points as well. Bostic hauled in five boards and had four assists in playing the entire game for the third time in his last six games.
THE MAVERICKS: The Mavericks are the lone team remaining in the Southland Conference without a loss, having won each of their first 11 games in league play. Additionally, they are one of the hottest teams in the country with a 15-game win streak, the second-longest current win streak in the country behind only Kentucky’s 17-game ride. Most recently UTA took Texas State to the woodshed, blowing past the Bobcats 73-53 on Saturday at the College Park Center.
vs. UT Arlington: SFA is 29-30 all-time against the Mavericks, with UTA holding a 9-12 advantage during Danny Kaspar’s tenure as head coach. UTA has won each of the last three meetings including a 63-54 win in the final men’s game at Texas Hall on Jan. 21 in Arlington.
COVERAGE: Wednesday’s game can be watched live via SFA All-Access at www.sfajacks.com, or followed along via Gametracker.
UP NEXT: Wednesday marks the start of the final three-week push for SFA until the conference tournament with three of SFA’s final five games on its home court. That includes Saturday’s Sears Bracket Busters game vs High Point, the final non-conference game of the season and the second time SFA has taken part in the event.
SUB-SEVENTY: SFA has held each of its first 24 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. In fact, SFA is the only team remaining in the country to have not allowed 70 points in a game to a single opponent.
BOOM BOSTIC: In his last three games junior guard Antonio Bostic is averaging 16.3 points per game, but it was his 18-ppg average over the last two games alone which helped him earn his first career Southland Conference player of the week honor on Monday. He pumped in 17 points in an OT win over Nicholls before canning a career-best three triples in a 19-point effort vs UTSA.
DISTANCE LEARNING: Despite ranking at the bottom of the SLC in 3-point shooting, the ‘Jacks have been better from distance since entering league play. SFA is shooting at a 34.4 percent clip, pushing it to that mark after hitting a season high eight triples on 17 tries in its win at UTSA.
EXTRA SPECIAL: The ‘Jacks are now 2-0 in overtime games this season after knocking off Nicholls in OT, making SFA 6-1 in its last seven overtime games dating back through the 2008-09 season. Despite the extra five minutes, SFA was still able to hold the Colonels to just 58 points to mark the fourth time since the 1983-84 season that the ‘Jacks have held a team under 60 points in an overtime game.
BOUNCING BACK: SFA is 13-6 over the last two seasons in games following a loss. Over the last five seasons, the ’Jacks are 24-0 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.
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 11 games at home this year SFA is allowing just 53.6 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 134-34 (.796) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 330-125(.724) all-time in the Coliseum. SFA has recorded six straight seasons and eight campaigns in nine years with double-digit wins at home.
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 recently eclipsed 1,100 points for his career and if he remains on his current pace will finish up in the top five all-time scorers in Division I history at SFA. He also needs just 19 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.
FIVE & DIMES: As part of SFA’s efficient night on the offensive end vs Texas State, the ‘Jacks also got plenty of help from multiple sources. That includes three ‘Jacks with at least five assists apiece as part of SFA’s 21 total assists against the ‘Cats. Hal Bateman (6), Antonio Bostic (5) and Darius Gardner (5) each had at least five assists, marking the first time an SFA team had three players with at least five dimes in the same game since Feb. 16 1998 when David Henry (6), Tysmon Jolivett (6) and Aaron Radl (5) pulled it off in a three-point loss to Nicholls
HOMEWRECKERS: The Lumberjacks may only have five 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 SFA’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.
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 13-0 this season when taking a lead into the half. Conversely, SFA is 1-10 when trailing at the half with its lone come-from-behind win being at Texas State to open league play.
TAYLOR MADE: Junior post Taylor Smith went just 3-for-6 in Saturday’s win at UTSA, staying atop the Southland with a league-leading field goal percentage of .697, with the next closest to him being Sam Houston’s Steven Werner, a former teammate of Smith at McLennan CC. 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).
45-MINUTE MAN: In both of SFA’s overtime wins over Sam Houston State and Nicholls, junior guard Antonio Bostic was the only man on either squad to never see the sideline during the game. Bostic played all 45 minutes of each game, marking the most minutes played by any Lumberjack since Josh Alexander played all 55 minutes in a 112-111 SFA win over North Dakota State in triple OT in the 2008-09 season at the Drake Hy-Vee Classic. Bostic also played all 40 minutes vs UTSA and ranks fourth in the SLC in minutes per game.
CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS: SFA may not have a single player in the Southland Conference top 10 in rebounding, with Taylor Smith’s 5.7 rebounds per game leading the team, but as a team no group has been better in the SLC on the boards than the ‘Jacks. SFA is tops in the SLC with a +7.4 rebound margin through 24 games with Lamar a distant second with +6.2 per game, ranking SFA 9th in the nation in that category. Of SFA’s 24 opponents, only three have managed to pull down more rebounds than the ‘Jacks - most recently McNeese State in Sunday’s loss. It is the only time in 10 league games SFA had been outrebounded.
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.
BRACKET BUSTER BUDDIES: The ‘Jacks learned of their opponent for this year’s Sears Bracket Busters event, finding out that High Point will be making the trip to Nacogdoches on Feb. 18 for SFA’s final non-conference game of the year. SFA has never taken on High Point, while the Panthers have never played a game in the state of Texas.