Nov. 17, 2006
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team will face perhaps its toughest test of the season Saturday, when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the University of Arkansas. The Razorbacks (1-0) return seven lettermen from last year's 22-10 NCAA Tournament qualifier. SFA (1-1) will be looking to move back above .500 in its second road contest of the season. The game is set for a 7:05 p.m. tip.
Last Game: SFA suffered its first loss of the season in a 59-53 defeat at TCU. The game was marred by 41 turnovers between the two teams. The Horned Frogs took full advantage of those turnovers in the first half, turning 12 Lumberjack miscues into 13 points. Meanwhile, SFA could only muster one point off TCU's 10 first-half turnovers. The edge in turnover points helped TCU carry an eight-point margin to halftime, and that cushion proved big enough to hold off a 12-3 SFA run late in the second half. The Lumberjacks used that stretch to make it a one-point game (50-49), but could not pull even with the Frogs. Senior center Antuane Miller led SFA with 14 points. Senior Chaz Dykes and sophomore Josh Alexander each added 10 points.
vs. Arkansas: The Lumberjacks are 0-1 all-time against the Razorbacks. The first and only meeting between the two schools took place in 1936, with Arkansas recording a 54-23 victory. That was one of only four SFA losses that season. The 'Jacks went 21-4 overall and were co-champions in the Lone Star Conference.
The Razorbacks: Despite losing three starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, Arkansas is an experienced squad, with seven letterwinners back. The Razorbacks also made some big acquisitions in the offseason, most notably talented freshman guard Patrick Beverley. Arkansas dominated Southeast Missouri State, 92-52, in its season opener on Nov. 10.
The Coaches: Danny Kaspar is in his seventh season as the head basketball coach at SFA. Kaspar is 94-77 (.550) in his time with the Lumberjacks. He is 313-129 (.707) in 15 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Arkansas is coached by Stan Heath, now in his fifth year at the helm for the Razorbacks. Heath is 62-57 (.521) at Arkansas and 92-63 (.594) overall in five years as a head coach.
Up Next: The Lumberjacks return home Tuesday to take on Schreiner University. The game is set for a 7 p.m. start in the William R. Johnson Coliseum.