SFA sets scoring benchmark with 114-49 win in opener

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin put up more points in Friday's season opener than any Lumberjack team has scored in 14 years, as SFA rolled to a 114-49 win over Howard Payne in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Jereal Scott led five players in double figures with a career-high 27 as SFA cruised to its largest margin of victory since the 1996-97 season.

The Lumberjacks (1-0) shot 49 percent for the game and outscored the Yellow Jackets, 46-12, in the paint. SFA held Howard Payne (0-1) to 27 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle, 63-34.

Scott, a junior, posted his third career double-double, adding 10 rebounds to his 27 points, while senior Jordan Glynn joined him with 15 points and 14 rebounds, the second-best rebounding total of his career. Glynn had 11 double-double performances last season.

Senior guard Eddie Williams joined in with 10 points, and newcomers Amos Olatayo and Zac Downing came off the bench for 10 and 11 points, respectively, giving the Lumberjacks five players in double figures, a feat they accomplished just three times in 2009-10.

Downing provided an offensive spark in the first half. With the Lumberjacks struggling from the field and Howard Payne down only six, he canned a 3-pointer at the 6:19 mark that touched off a 17-3 run down the stretch.

Downing would add another triple during the run, and freshman Darius Gardner and sophomore Antonio Bostic each connected from distance once.

SFA had been just 1-for-8 from 3-point range before Downing found the net.

Gardner closed out the run with a fast-break jumper at the buzzer to send SFA to the locker room with a 44-21 lead.

The game never got any closer as SFA shot 63 percent in the second period to steadily widen the margin. Every Lumberjack on the roster saw action and all 12 players found the scoring column. Senior Mark Gomillia finished with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, and classmate Denzel Barnes had five points to go with his career-high seven assists. Gardner went 2-for-3 from the field to finish with seven points. Bostic had five, Brandon Cutler put up eight points despite limited minutes due to foul trouble, Dion Prewster chipped in with two points, and Desmond Haymon finished with five.

Donovan Gardner came off the bench to lead Howard Payne with 10 points.  Joshua Dada and Brandon Irwin added nine apiece.

The 114 points are the most scored by a Lumberjack team since SFA defeated Schreiner College, 138-69, in the 1996-97 home opener. That game is also the last time the 'Jacks posted a margin of victory wider than 65 points.

Friday's contest marked the eighth time in Kaspar's 10-plus years at SFA for the 'Jacks to break into triple digits.

Howard Payne's 49-point effort marked the 43rd time in Kaspar's tenure for SFA to hold an opponent to 50 points or fewer.

The Lumberjacks will return to action Monday night when they host Longwood.

The game against the Lancers is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. from Johnson Coliseum.