NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Jordan Glynn scored 12 points and pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 62-41 win over Grambling Friday on the opening night of the Etech Lumberjack Classic. The senior forward finished just four steals shy of a triple-double, as he ripped off six in just 26 minutes of action.
Glynn's six thefts are a career-high and led the team on a night when SFA forced Grambling into 22 turnovers - just two short of tying the season-high for Lumberjack opponents. SFA (5-2) outscored the Tigers, 24-4, in points off turnovers and held Grambling (1-8) to just 32.7 percent shooting.
At the other end of the floor, the Lumberjacks shot 40 percent for the game and opened the night with a hot 45.8-percent effort in the first period.
Behind a 4-of-6 performance from the floor by Glynn in the first 20 minutes, SFA jumped out to a 31-19 halftime lead on the strength of a solid mid-range game. The 'Jacks attempted only one 3-pointer in the opening period and got just 10 points in the paint.
Glynn had eight points and nine rebounds at the break and secured his double-double with a layup and a rebound in the first two minutes of the second half. SFA opened the half on a 15-2 run that was capped by a Denzel Barnes 3-pointer that put the 'Jacks up 25 with 16:34 to play.
No SFA starter played more than 11 minutes in the second half, and the Lumberjacks still had a 25-point cushion at the 5:30 mark. Grambling became the third opponent this season, and the 45th in Danny Kaspar's 11 seasons at SFA, to score fewer than 50 points.
Yondarius Johnson's 10 points marked the Tigers' only double-figure scorer, the fourth time in seven games for SFA to hold the opposition to just one player in double digits.
Senior guard Eddie Williams led all players with a season-best 13 points, despite playing just 25 minutes. Williams added five assists to tie Barnes for the team lead. Barnes also scored seven points. Junior center Jereal Scott put up 11 points with five rebounds.
Sophomore forward Brandon Scott came off the bench for five points, and senior Mark Gomillia and freshman Amos Olatayo each scored four points. Both of Olatayo's buckets came on fast-break dunks - one in each half. SFA outscored the Tigers, 14-4, in transition.
Junior forward Dion Prewster didn't score in 16 minutes of action but pulled down seven rebounds, including a season-high four on offense.
The Lumberjacks will wrap up play in the Etech Classic Saturday night with a game against Chicago State. The game against the Cougars is set to tip at
7:15 p.m. from Johnson Coliseum.