Texas Tech at Stephen F. Austin
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 7:00 p.m. (CST)
William R. Johnson Coliseum (7,200) Nacogdoches, Texas
Radio: Q107.7-FM TV: MYTX-18 Online: SFA All-Access
Last 5/Streak: 3-2/W1*
Coach: Danny Kaspar
At SFA: 159-105
SID: Brian Ross
Last 5/Streak: 5-0/W5
Coach: Pat Knight
At TTU: 23-26
SID: Randy Farley
HOME STAND CONTINUES: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team will continue its three-game home stand Tuesday with a contest against Big 12 opponent Texas Tech. The Lumberjacks are 1-1 after their come-from-behind win over Jackson State in the home opener. Texas Tech brings a 5-0 record to the meeting.
LAST GAME: Jordan Glynn rebounded a missed tip-in and laid in the game-winner with 1.1 seconds left, as SFA came from behind to knock off Jackson State, 62-61, Saturday. Glynn's layup completed a comeback that saw the 'Jacks erase a five-point deficit over the final 1:46. SFA scored six unanswered over that stretch with Glynn accounting for all five of the final points, his only scoring of the contest. Eddie Williams scored 19 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds to lead SFA in both categories. Walt Harris and Jereal Scott scored 13 apiece to join Williams in double digits.
THE RED RAIDERS: Texas Tech has yet to lose this season, but the Red Raiders have also yet to play a road game. They've hosted five straight in United Spirit Arena. Tech is coming off a 77-54 win over Southland Conference foe Lamar on Saturday. The Raiders have three players averaging double digits.
vs. TEXAS TECH: SFA is 5-5, all-time, against the Red Raiders. But the Lumberjacks have dropped four straight in the series. The last Lumberjack win was a 75-74 squeaker in Lubbock in the 1998-99 season. This year's meeting marks the third straight season for the teams to square off. Last season, Texas Tech took a 69-55 win from the 'Jacks in Lubbock.
COVERAGEM: Tuesday's game will be televised by the Texas Tech Television Network. The broadcast will be picked up locally by MYTX-18 out of Tyler-Longview. The station is available in Nacogdoches on SuddenLink Cable channel 8. The game is also available online via GameTracker and SFA All-Access. Rob Meyers will have the call for the Lumberjack Sports Network on Q107.7-FM.
UP NEXT: SFA will finish off the home stand and the month of November with a game against Huston-Tillotson on Saturday, scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.
NEWS AND NOTES
PROTECT THIS HOUSE: SFA brings a 15-game homecourt winning streak into its game with Texas Tech. The Lumberjacks have not lost at home since a 75-65 defeat against UT Arlington in the second-to-last home game of the 2007-08 season. SFA hasn't lost a home non-conference game since a 76-70 defeat against North Texas in the 2006-07 season. The 'Jacks have won 15 straight home games out of conference and are 27-1 in such games dating to the 2004-05 season.
CAREER HIGHS: Seniors Eddie Williams and Walt Harris posted a pair of career highs in the win over Jackson State. Williams pulled down a career-best nine rebounds bettering his previous top mark by one. Harris' 13 points were also a career-best. His previous high was 11 points.
COMEBACK: SFA didn't hold a lead in the second half of its win against Jackson State until Jordan Glynn gave the Lumberjacks the lead with 1.1 seconds left. SFA came from behind in the final five minutes just one time in the 2008-09 season.
HOME OPENER: SFA knocked off Jackson State, 62-61, in the 2009-10 home opener. Head coach Danny Kaspar's teams are 10-0 in home openers at SFA. The last time an SFA team failed to win its home opener was a 67-55 loss to Texas A&M in 1998.
RECORD LOWS IN MINNESOTA: SFA's 82-42 loss at Minnesota goes into the books as the worst margin of defeat in nine-plus seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar. The previous record was a 31-point defeat (92-61) at Arizona in the first game of the 2001-02 season. In all, the 'Jacks have suffered just 12 losses by 20 or more points, and only two by 30 or more, in 263 games under Kaspar.
SEASON OPENERS: SFA is 6-4 in season-opening games under head coach Danny Kaspar. The Lumberjacks have compiled an 11-13 record in season openers as a Division I program (since 1986-87 season). SFA is 1-4 under Kaspar when opening on the road and is just 1-7, in all, as a Division I program when playing the season opener on the road. The Lumberjacks' only season-opening road win in the last 23 seasons was an 82-72 verdict at Tulsa to start the 2005-06 campaign.
FOUR OF A KIND: Former McLennan Community College players Walt Harris, Jordan Glynn, Orren Tims and Eric Bell make SFA the only Division I team in the country with four players from the same junior college on its roster.
PROVIDING ASSISTANCE: Eric Bell and Eddie Williams combined to account for nearly 45 percent of SFA's assists a year ago. Their total comprises almost 90 percent of the assists posted by returning players.
POINTS SPREAD THIN: With the graduation of four seniors, including two of the top scorers in Lumberjack history (Josh Alexander and Matt Kingsley), SFA enters the 2009-10 season missing 74 percent of its scoring production from last year. In all, the 'Jacks lost five of their top six scorers from 2008-09 with Eddie Williams' 7.4 points per game being the top returning average.
ON THE REBOUND: In addition to losing most of the scoring punch from a year ago, the Lumberjacks come into the new season missing 80 percent of their rebounding from 2008-09. SFA lost four of its top five rebounders to graduation. Jereal Scott's 2.4 boards per contest are the top returning average.
BIG WILL: At six feet, 10 inches tall, Will Reinke is the tallest player signed in Danny Kaspar's nine-year tenure at SFA. The only other Lumberjack over 6-9 to play under Kaspar is Stephen Cobb, a 6-11 center who was on the team when Kaspar took over.
ATTENDANCE: SFA ranked second in the Southland Conference last season in average attendance, drawing 3,140 fans per home game.
SITTIN' ON TWENTY: SFA's win over Central Arkansas last season on March 4 gave the Lumberjacks their second straight 20-win season and the fourth in nine seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar. At 24-8 overall, SFA finished as the only team in the Southland Conference with single digits in the loss column.
SAFE AT HOME: In nine-plus seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar, the Lumberjacks have compiled a 102-27 (.791) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 298-118 (.716) all-time in the Coliseum. The Lumberjacks finished the 2008-09 home slate with a perfect 13-0 record, marking the fourth straight season and the sixth time in seven years for SFA to post double-digit wins at home.
RANK AND FILE: The Lumberjacks received 15 votes in the first CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll of the season but did not earn any votes in this week's poll. SFA finished three spots outside the final poll of 2008-09 with 30 votes. Three weeks before that, the 'Jacks fell out of the poll for the first time in over a year. SFA spent 25 consecutive weeks in the poll after breaking in during December of the 2007-08 season. SFA began last season at No. 11, the first time in the poll's 10-year history for SFA to enter the season as a ranked team and the highest entry to the poll for a Lumberjack team to date. In December of last season, SFA was ranked No. 10, marking the earliest move into the top 10 for the `Jacks since the poll began.
SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS
FOR THE RECORD: Texas Tech is 5-0 coming into Tuesday's game. The Red Raiders opened the season with five straight home games and have won those contests by an average of 18.4 points. Tech took an 88-49 win over South Dakota in the season opener, then knocked off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Oregon State, Northwestern State and Lamar. The closest game in that bunch was a 64-60 verdict over Oregon State. The Red Raiders are coming off a 77-54 victory over Lamar.
LAST GAME: The Red Raiders opened a 10-point lead by halftime and coasted to a 77-54 win over Lamar behind a 52-percent shooting effort in the second period. Nick Okorie came off the bench for a game-high 19 points and four assists. The senior guard also ripped off four steals in 31 minutes of action. D'walyn Roberts scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with nine rebounds, and John Roberson added 11 points. The Cardinals finished with a 43-37 edge in rebounding but couldn't overcome 21 turnovers and a 41-percent effort at the foul stripe. Tech converted 18 of 27 free throws and turned it over just 12 times.
KEY NUMBERS: The Red Raiders have forced an impressive 21.2 turnovers per game through five contests, while giving it up just 14.4 times per outing. The plus-6.8 turnover margin is a big part of their early success. Texas Tech is on the minus side in rebounding margin, however. The Red Raiders average 35.6 boards per contest, while their opponents are pulling down 36.4 rebounds per outing.
LEADERS: All five Texas Tech starters are either scoring in double digits or within a point of averaging double figures. Junior forward Mike Singletary leads the team with 15.0 points per game. Junior guard David Tairu and junior forward D'walyn Roberts are next with 10.8 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Roberts' 7.0 rebounds per game are tied with fourth-leading scorer Darko Cohadarevic (9.4 ppg) for the team lead. Junior guard John Robertson is fifth in scoring with 9.2 points per game and leads the team with 20 assists. Roberts' seven blocked shots are a team-best. Roberts is shooting a team-best 70.4 percent from the floor.
OF NOTE: Tuesday's game marks the first time in Danny Kaspar's nine-plus seasons at SFA for the Lumberjacks to host a Big 12 opponent. The last time a Big 12 foe squared off with the 'Jacks in Johnson Coliseum was also against Texas Tech in 1999-2000, the season before Kaspar took over. That year, the Red Raiders took an 80-56 win from SFA, then under the direction of Derek Allister. In all, Kaspar's teams are a combined 2-6 against Big 12 teams over the last nine seasons with wins on the road against Baylor (2003-04) and Oklahoma (2007-08).