Lumberjacks To Host Etech Classic

Junior Jacob Parker and SFA will play two games inside William R. Johnson Coliseum

Dec. 5, 2013

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team opened the month of December with a 71-68 victory over High Point. SFA (6-2) is currently riding a three-game winning streak into its fourth annual Etech Lumberjack Classic. The `Jacks, who have enjoyed much success on the road early on this season, are also riding a 20-game winning streak inside William R. Johnson Coliseum, dating back to the 2011-12 season, which leads the Southland Conference and ranks fourth in the country.

Story Lines
• SFA returns to Nacogdoches, hosting James Madison and Towson in the Etech Lumberjack Classic. Sam Houston State will also partake in the tournament, facing the other two visiting schools.

• Towson (6-2) is off to its best start in the Division I era and best overall start since beginning the 1977-78 season 21-2 when the Tigers were Division II.

• JMU (2-6) is coming off a 68-53 loss to Richmond (November 30th). With the Dukes down 35-25 at the break, JMU was unable to break the deficit, losing its fourth straight.

The Last Time Out
• Senior Deshaunt Walker scored a team-high 14 points off the bench and the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team closed on a 9-7 run to edge High Point 71-68 Sunday afternoon inside the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. Showcase.

• Tied 62-62 with 2:36 remaining, senior Nikola Gajic hit a layup and was 3-for-4 from the free throw line, with senior Desmond Haymon adding four points from the charity stripe down the stretch, as SFA kept the Panthers (3-3) at bay.

• The `Jacks will play their final road game of December when they travel to North Texas Sunday, Nov. 15, at 1:00 p.m. in Denton, Texas. The game inside the Super Pit will be the first meeting with SFA and the Mean Green since the 2006-07 season, in which the `Jacks dropped a 76-70 decision to UNT.

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, recording double-doubles in four of Stephen F. Austin's first eight games. Parker is averaging 17.1 points and just under eight rebounds per game.

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. (Bixby H.S.), 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 currently owns the fourth longest active home winning streak in the country at 20 games. SFA 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 Lumberjacks at home came against UT-Arlington in the 2011-12 season. 

SAFE AT HOME: In 13 seasons under head coach Danny Kaspar and already a quarter of a season of first-year head coach Brad Underwood, the Lumberjacks have compiled a 153-35 (.814) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 349-126 (.735) all-time in the Coliseum. SFA has recorded eight straight seasons and 11 campaigns in last 12 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 forward 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) night 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. TU: 0-0, First-ever meeting

Last 5 Meetings
Season (H/A) W/L Score

Last Meeting - (First-Ever Meeting, Dec. 6, 2013)

Series Notes
Friday's game against Towson will be the first-ever meeting between SFA and the Tigers.

Series vs. JMU: 1-0, Second-ever meeting

Last 5 Meetings
Season (H/A), W/L, Score
1986-87, W, 70-63

Last Meeting - (1896-87 - SFA 70, JMU 63)
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Series Notes
Saturday's game against James Madison will be the second-ever meeting between SFA and the Dukes.



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