Jacks Open Up League Play With Win At Islanders
Dec. 29, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks got their second straight double-double from Taylor Smith and led wire-to-wire in taking a 67-56 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center on Saturday in the conference opener for both teams.
SFA (10-1, 1-0 SLC) won its fifth straight game and took its sixth win in its last seven meetings with the Islanders (1-9, 0-1 SLC). The `Jacks opened up league play by holding their 43rd consecutive opponent to less than 70 points and its seventh of the year under 60.
Smith finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, his third double-double of the year as the `Jacks outscored the Islanders 38-22 on points in the paint . Both of those marks were career highs for the senior, while Bateman just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine assists to go with his nine rebounds.
Antoino Bostic had 12 points and seven rebounds in the win, while Desmond Haymond just missed double figures with nine points of his own. Will Nelson led TAMUCC with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Jonathan Jordan had 17 points from his point guard spot.
The `Jacks opened up a 16-1 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and never trailed, holding a 28-23 lead at the half. Smith had a dozen points and eight boards in the opening half.
TAMUCC cut the lead to just three points on a layup from Nelson early in the second period, but never got any closer as the `Jacks kept them at arm's length the rest of the way. SFA pushed its lead back to double figures on a jumper from Bostic with less than three minutes to play and made six of its eight foul shots in the final three minutes to hang onto the lead.
SFA now has five days off until its next game, a Jan. 3 meeting with Lamar at William R. Johnson Coliseum.