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    MBB Game Notes: at Florida International
    SFA will take on FIU on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CT.
    SFA will take on FIU on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CT.

    Nov. 16, 2012

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    SFA (1-0) at Florida International (0-1)
    Saturday, Nov. 16, 2012 • 1:00 p.m. (CT)
    US Century Bank Arena (5,000) • Miami, Fla.
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    The Last Meeting
    Florida International58
    December 11, 2011
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    FIU Edges SFA In Etech Classic Finale
    The Lumberjacks had three shots at the basket in the final 10 seconds to tie the game, but could not convert as the Florida International Golden Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 58-56 win over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday in the finale of the Etech Lumberjack Classic at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

    • Stephen F. Austin will be looking to run its record to to 2-0 for just the second time in the last six seasons on Saturday when it makes its longest road trip of the season, traveling to Miami, Fla., for a date with Florida International.  
    •  SFA will be attempting to avenge a two-point loss to FIU last year in Nacogdoches, a game which was part of the Etech Lumberjack Classic. It is just the second time the teams have ever met on the hardwood.
    •  The 'Jacks will be looking to put an end to a streak of five consectuive losses in its opening road game of the season. The last time SFA won its first road game of the year was 2006-07 when it picked up a 59-52 win at TCU.
    • The Lumberjacks looked strong in its home opener on Friday, racing past Howard Payne 84-30, behind 10 three-point buckets and a 16-point night from Desmond Haymon. The win made SFA 9-4 all-time in season openers under Danny Kaspar, and 8-0 when opening the season on its home floor.  

    • The Lumberjacks return home on Nov. 20 to take on Jarvis Christian before three straight tough games, beginning Nov. 24 at Tulsa and followed by a home contest with San Diego and a road game at Texas A&M. .

    • The Lumberjacks will be looking to extend their streak of 34 consecutive games of holding an opponent under 70 points. SFA went all of 2011-12 without allowing 70 points to an opponent.
    • SFA hit 10 3-point buckets in its win over Howard Payne, the most by an SFA team since hitting 10 in a win over Chicago State in 2010
    • SFA is 38-0 vs non-Division I programs in the Danny Kaspar era.
    • 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.

    SITTIN' ON 20: The `Jacks have six 20-win campaigns since becoming a Division I program in 1988. All six of those 20-win seasons have come under Danny Kaspar.

    SUB-SEVENTY: SFA has held each of its 32 opponents under 70 points in 2011-12, and with its season-opening win over Howard Payne is still riding a school-record streak of sub-70 defensive performances. The last team to score 70 on the `Jacks was Northwestern State, when they did so in a 70-65 win over SFA in 2010-11 in Natchitoches.

    DEFENSE FIRST: The Lumberjacks finished third in the nation in scoring defense at 54.7 points per game allowed in 2011-12, a new school record. SFA has finished the year ranked among the top 10 in scoring defense in each of the last five seasons, including leading the nation in 2011 with 56.7 points per game and No. 2 rankings in both 2008 and 2009.

    IT'S BEEN A WHILE: Not since the 1957-58 season had the `Jacks pulled off what they managed to pull off in Friday's season opener vs Howard Payne. SFA held HPU to just 30 points on the night, the least amount scored by an SFA opponent since Sam Houston State put up 30 in a 40-30 loss to the `Jacks in the 1957-58 season. Against the Yellow Jackets, SFA allowed just 15 shots to fall from the floor, none from beyond the arc and HPU missed its only free throw of the game.   

    CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS: SFA did not have a single player in the Southland Conference top 10 in rebounding in 2011-12, with Taylor Smith's 6.2 rebounds per game leading the team, but as a team no group was been better in the SLC on the boards than the `Jacks. SFA was tops in the SLC with a +7.4 rebound margin, a mark that also ranked seventh in the country. They pulled down over 75 percent of all defensive rebound opportunities and of SFA's 32 opponents last year, only three managed to pull down more rebounds than the `Jacks, including just one game in SLC play.

    PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE `JACKS: The Southland Conference released its preseason all-conference teams just weeks before the opening of the season with a pair of Lumberjacks selected to the first team. Senior Antonio Bostic was the only automatic selection to the first team as the only returning first team all-conference choice from 2011-12, while senior forward Taylor Smith also made an appearance on the preseason first team. Bostic averaged better than 11 points per game as a junior while logging nearly 35 minutes per game, while Smith averaged better than nine points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes per night playing behind former all-SLC first team center Jereal Scott.

    HAL DO YOU DO?: Senior point guard Hal Bateman did not put a point in his own scoring column in Friday's season-opener against Howard Payne, but he did help get plenty of of his teammates on the board. Bateman dished out a career-high 11 assists in the win over the Yellow Jackets, the most for a Lumberjack since Eric Bell had 11 dimes in a road win at Northern Illinois during the 2007-08 season.  

    DIALING LONG DISTANCE: The `Jacks did plenty of damage from the perimiter in its win over Howard Payne, hitting 10 of its 17 shots from beyond the arc. Five of the threes came from junior transfer Deshaunt Walker, and the 10 triples were the most since the `Jacks hit 10 in a win over Chicago State in 2010

    BLOCK PARTY: Taylor Smith's 42 blocks in 2011-12 ranks him third in a single season at SFA in the Division I era. Emmanuel Jackson holds the single-season record with 61 set in 1999-00. He opened up the season with two blocks vs Howard Payne.

    HOME DEFENSE: SFA is known for its defensive prowess, but it is even moreso evident when playing at William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA has held its opponents to 50 points or fewer in 15 of 32 games at home in the last three seasons, allowing just 51.6 points per game at home in 2010-11 and 53.1 points per game in 2011-12.

    HALF WAY THERE: The `Jacks were not at their best when playing from behind in 2011-12, but were exceptional when playing from out in front. That was most evident by the fact that the `Jacks went 19-1 a year ago when taking a lead into the half. Conversely, SFA was 1-11. The only loss in that stretch came on Feb. 15, 2012 when it squandered a 13-point halftime lead to to eventual league champion UT Arlington.

    SAFE AT HOME: In 11-plus seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar, the Lumberjacks have compiled a 137-35 (.794) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 333-126 (.724) all-time in the Coliseum. SFA has recorded seven straight seasons and nine campaigns in last 10 years with double-digit wins at home.

    A WALKUP IN THE PARK: Thomas Walkup had to sit out his entire true freshman campaign due to a lingering injury from his senior year of high school, but after a long recovery process the younger brother of former Texas A&M forward Nathan Walkup made his collegiate debut on Friday against Howard Payne, and it would have been difficult to be more efficient than what he was. Walkup finished with 11 points on the night, hitting all five of hits shots from the floor, including a three-pointer. In just 15 minutes off the bench he also pulled down four rebounds, had a pair of assists and a steal without a turnover.

    45-MINUTE MAN: Junior guard Antonio Bostic played all 45 minutes in a pair of overtime games last season for SFA, 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. He played at least 40 minutes in eight of the final 12 games of last season and finished third in the league in minutes per game with 34.2.

    BOUNCING BACK: SFA is 14-6 over the last two seasons in games following a loss. Over the last five seasons entering 2012-13, the 'Jacks are 25-0 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.

    LOW-BALLED: SFA held Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to 46 points in an Islander win over in 2011 that tied for the fewest points by a Lumberjack opponent in an SFA loss over the last 12 seasons. In 12 years under Danny Kaspar, the 'Jacks have held the opposition below 50 points 59 times and lost only five times.

    CLAMPING DOWN: SFA held Southeastern Louisiana to just 36 points last season in its win over the Lions, the first time since 2008 that SFA had held a Southland opponent under the 40-point plateau. It was the lowest point total by a Southland opponent for the `Jacks in the Danny Kaspar era, and the eighth time since 2007-08 the `Jacks have kept an opponent under 40 points.

    HOME NON-CONFERENCE: SFA has won 33 of its last 35 home, non-conference games, dating to the 2006-07 season. Each of those two losses have been by two points apiece, coming to Florida International in 2011-12 and Texas Tech in 2009-10. The Lumberjacks are now 62-5, overall, in home, non-conference games in 13 seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar.

    KASPAR KOUNTER : Danny Kaspar picked up his 200th win at SFA in last year's season opener vs Centenary currently stands third all-time at SFA in head coaching wins with 220, trailing only Marshall Brown (345) and Bob Shelton (245). Kaspar also has 420 career wins between his time at SFA and Incarnate Word, second among active Southland Conference to Northwestern State's Mike McConathy's 539 wins, 352 of which came at the junior college ranks.

    BELOW FIFTY: SFA held 10 opponents below 50 points each of the last two seasons. 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.