SFA Set For Sunday Match At North Texas

SFA heads to Denton for Sunday night tilt at North Texas.

Dec. 13, 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 at High Point and then followed up with a pair of wins over Towson (79-69) and James Madison (70-57) at home in the fourth annual Etech Lumberjack Classic. SFA (8-2), currently riding a five-game winning streak, heads to North Texas for a 1:00 p.m. tip with the Mean Green (5-4) inside the Super Pit.

Story Lines
• The `Jacks will play UNT for the first time since the 2006-07 season and will return to Denton for the first time since the 2005-06 season. SFA's last win against the Mean Green came in a 73-72 edging in 1995.

• UNT is coming off a 97-67 loss at Brigham Young (Dec. 3), its worst loss of the season. Despite the loss, every active player on the Mean Green's roster averages double-digit minutes, and has scored in each of the last three games. Senior guard Alzee Williams, UNT's leading scorer, was held to six points in the loss. Williams is averaging 15.1 points in just over 33 minutes per game.

The Last Time Out
• Etech Lumberjack Classic MVP Desmond Haymon scored a game-high 21 points and the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team never trailed in a 70-57 victory over James Madison Saturday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum

• With the win over the JMU (2-8), the `Jacks extended their current home winning streak to 22 games, which is tied with No. 7/8 Duke for second-best in the nation.

• SFA will return to Nacogdoches for a four-game homestand, beginning with Elmhurst Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6:00 p.m. After the first-ever meeting with Bluejays, the `Jacks will close their non-conference schedule and the 2013 calendar year with a 8:00 p.m. tilt against Cal State Northridge (Dec. 30), before opening Southland Conference play against Lamar (Jan. 2).

HAYMON NAMED SLC POW: Senior guard Desmond Haymon was named the Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after helping Stephen F. Austin to a pair of wins and being named the most valuable player of the Etech Lumberjack Classic. Haymon recorded 18 points, with 14 coming in the second half, in a 79-69 win against Towson (Dec. 6). He then followed with a game-high 21 points in win over James Madison (Dec. 7) to keep SFA unblemished at home. 

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 seven games. Parker is currently averaging 13.2 points and 3.5 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 second longest active home winning streak in the country at 22 games. SFA, 4-0 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum this season, 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 `Jacks 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 under first-year head coach Brad Underwood, the Lumberjacks have compiled a 155-35 (.816) record in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA is 351-126 (.736) 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. UNT: SFA trails 35-34

Last 5 Meetings
Season (H/A), W/L, Score
2006-07 (H), L, 76-70
2005-06 (A), L, 81-75
1995-96 (H), L, 72-65
1995-96 (A), L, 75-66
1994-95 (H), W, 73-72

Last Meeting - Dec. 6, 2006
Sophomore forward Josh Alexander scored a season-high 22 points Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough to topple a hot-shooting North Texas team. The Mean Green shot 66 percent from the floor to collect a 76-70 win over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The loss is SFA's first at home this season and evens the Lumberjacks' record at 4-4.

Series Notes
Sunday's game at UNT will be the 70th meeting between SFA and the Mean Green.



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