SFA Pulls Away In Second Half, Toppling Bearkats 73-56
Jan. 4, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Tied at 33-33 in the waning seconds of the opening half, Stephen F. Austin's senior Deshaunt Walker hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, sparking a second-half surge as the Lumberjacks pulled away from Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State for a 73-56 victory Saturday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
Including the made three to end the first half, SFA (13-2, 2-0 SLC) put together a 32-6 run over the next 11 minutes to put the game away, leading by as many as 26 at 65-39 with eight-plus minutes remaining, to pick up its sixth-straight win over the Bearkats (9-5, 1-1 SLC).
With the victory over SHSU, the `Jacks log their 10th-straight win on the season. It was also the 26th-straight victory inside Johnson Coliseum for SFA, which remains tied with No. 25 Missouri for the nation's longest home court winning streak.
Junior Jacob Parker paced the attack for the `Jacks, recording his fifth double-double of the season with 28 points and 11 rebounds, a game-high in both categories. The native of Bixby, Okla., finished 8-of-12 from the field with one bucket beyond the arc and was 11-14 from the free throw line. Walker added 17 points in 24 minutes off the bench, as the duo combined for 45 of SFA's 73 points. Senior Desmond Haymon finished with seven points and a career-high six assists, while sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded six points and six rebounds.
The 'Jacks held a 36-24 advantage in points in the paint, while dominating second-chance opportunities 21-5. SFA also got 25 points off the bench and only allowed one bucket off a fast break to the Kats.
The first half proved to be a back-and-forth affair between the two teams, as the 'Jacks exhanged the lead three times and drew even with SHSU 10 times in total, before Walker's dagger at the buzzer gave SFA a 36-33 lead at the break.
The 'Jacks will have to wait to try and improve on their home streak, embarking on a five-game road trip beginning Thursday, Jan. 9, at Houston Baptist. SFA, which will hit the road for the first time since Dec. 15, won't play its next home game until Jan. 30 when the 'Jacks host Abilene Christian at 8:00 p.m.