SFA Extends Streaks, Beat UCA 66-49
Jan. 25, 2014
CONWAY, Ark. - Junior Jacob Parker recorded his seventh double-double of the season and senior Deshaunt Walker added 19 points off the bench to push the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team over Central Arkansas 66-49 Saturday afternoon inside Farris Center.
SFA (18-2, 7-0) extends its nation-leading road-win streak to eight-straight games and 15 consecutive wins overall, which ranks fifth nationally. The `Jacks also improve to 11-0 all-time against UCA (4-14, 1-6 SLC), having not dropped a decision since the Bears made the transition from Division II and joined the Southland Conference in the 2006-07 season.
Head coach Brad Underwood recorded his 18th win as head coach, the most for a coach in their first season in Nacogdoches.
Parker recorded his second double-double of the season for SFA in league play, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The native of Bixby, Okla., finished 7-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the line, while grabbing 8 of his 11 rebounds on the defensive end.
Parker and Walker were the only two `Jacks to score in double figures against UCA.
SFA, despite losing the battle in the paint 30-20, limited the Bears to just three offensive rebounds and no second-chance points.
After UCA opened on a 9-0 run across the first four minutes, the `Jacks went on a 7-0 bout of their own to pull within two (9-7). SFA continued on 7-3 march, before Parker gave the `Jacks their first lead of the game at 16-14 on a dunk. The lead would build to as much as 10 (29-19) in the closing minutes, before SFA took a 30-24 lead into the break.
The nine-point deficit the `Jacks were able to overcome came, in large part, to 13 forced turnovers. SFA held a 13-7 advantage in points off turnovers and doubled-up the Bears 16-8 in bench scoring across the first 20 minutes.
Walker proved to be an offensive spark, accounting for 13 of the bench points for the `Jacks in the first half, which also led the team.
SFA never trailed in the second half and built the lead to as high as 19 points by the end in arriving at the 66-49 final.
The `Jacks will play its first home game since Sam Houston State (Jan. 4) when the `Jacks host Abilene Christian on Thursday, Jan. 30. The 8:00 p.m. tilt with the Wildcats will be the first between SFA and ACU since ACU joined the league. The game will also open a four-game homestand inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.