Lumberjack Game Notes: vs Sam Houston State
Jan. 24, 2012
Stephen F. Austin vs Sam Houston State
GAME TIME: After dropping consecutive games to the two top ranked teams in the Southland, SFA will look to move back into the good graces of the league standings this week, starting with Wednesday’s home game vs Sam Houston State. The game will serve as SFA’s annual Cram The Coliseum Event with patrons getting in free with the proper ticket.
SUB-SEVENTY: SFA has held each of its first 18 opponents under 70 points this season, setting a new school record for the longest streak of sub-70 defensive performances to open up a season. In fact, SFA is the only team remaining in the country to have not allowed 70 points in a game to a single opponent. The 2007-08 team did not allow a team to break 70 points in a game until the 16th game of the year and just allowed 70 on four occassions. The 2008-09 team just allowed 70 twice for the year.
DEFENSE FIRST: The Lumberjacks led the nation in scoring defense at 56.7 points per game allowed in 2010-11. SFA has finished the year ranked among the top 10 in scoring defense in each of the last four seasons, including No. 2 rankings in 2008 and 2009. The best defensive season by a Lumberjack team in the Division I era was 2008-09, when SFA held the opposition to 56.1 points per game. This year they are right back where they have been accustomed, and entered the week leading the SLC and ranking fifth in the nation in scoring defense at 54.6 points per contest.
DISTANCE LEARNING: SFA has had its struggled from beyond the arc this season, and that was most evident during a three-game stretch before the Christmas break in Oregon when SFA combined to go 3-for-36 in three straight losses to Prairie View A&M, North Carolina Central and Oregon. But since then SFA has finally begun to receive some distance production, hitting at least four threes in four of its last six games.
HOME INVASION: SFA’s 55-40 loss to Sam Houston State in last year’s home finale marked the first time since 2006-07 for SFA to lose at least three home games in a single campaign. The ’Jacks went 10-5 at home in 2006-07.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER: Since the Southland Conference began divisional play in 2006-07, SFA has won three of a possible six division championships. The ’Jacks won the Southland West in 2008 and won the East Division title in 2009 and 2010.