Lumberjacks Open Homestand With Elmhurst

Sophomore Trey Pinkney and SFA open homestand with Elmhurst on Saturday.

Dec. 20, 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 (9-2), then went on to North Texas and got its first victory over the Mean Green since the 1994-95 season. The ‘Jacks, currently riding a six-game winning streak, open a four-game homestand beginning with a 6:00 p.m. tip against Elmhurst College Saturday, Dec. 21, inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Story Lines
• The ‘Jacks, who entered the week tied for second in the nation with their 22-game active home winning streak, will play EC (7-2) for the first time program history on Saturday. SFA entered the week tied with No. 8 Duke, trailing only No. 23/25 Missouri with its 25 consecutive home wins.

• The Bluejays are currently riding a seven-game winning streak. EC is coming off a 94-84 road win at Austin College on Wednesday. The Bluejays currently have three players averaging double figures, led by senior forward Nick Sanford who is averaging a double-double. Sanford is averaging 14.2 points and 10.0 rebounds in just under 29 minutes per game. EC’s other double-digit scorers are sophomore guards Kyle Wuest (16.1 PPG) and Bryant Ackerman (15.4 PPG).

The Last Time Out
• Paced by a dominating 21-2 run midway through the first half, then capped with a 14-0 run to close out the game, the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team dominated North Texas from the opening tip en route to an 87-53 victory Sunday afternoon at the Super Pit.

• SFA shot 48.2 percent from the floor, hitting 27 of its 56 attempts, while holding the Mean Green (5-5) to just 34.9 percent shooting on the afternoon, a season low for the opposition.

• 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).

WALKER NAMED SLC POW: Stephen F. Austin senior guard Deshaunt Walker has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Walker led the Lumberjacks with 22 points in 22 minutes off the bench in a 87-53 statement road victory at North Texas on Sunday afternoon inside the Super Pit. The native from Silver Springs, Md. (Spring Brook H.S.) was an efficient 7-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, and made all three of his free throws. He finished two points shy of his career-high while also adding three assists and a steal.

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 16.4 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. EC: 0-0, First-ever meeting
Last 5 Meetings           
Season (H/A), W/L, Score
Last Meeting - (First-Ever Meeting Dec. 21, 2013
Series Notes
Sunday’s game against EC will be the first-ever meeting between SFA and the Bluejays.



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