NACOGDOCHES, Texas - For the fourth consecutive home game Stephen F. Austin held an opponent to fewer than 50 points, as the Lumberjacks cruised to a 60-36 win over ULM Wednesday night in Johnson Coliseum. SFA has now posted six sub-50 defensive outings on the year and is holding the opposition to an average of just 44.3 points per game in seven home dates.
The 'Jacks (8-3) improved to 7-0 at home and wrapped up a season sweep of their two-game series against ULM (4-10), having defeated the Warhawks, 65-64, in Monroe, La., earlier this season.
SFA led from wire to wire, and senior point guard Denzel Barnes scored 13 points to mark just the second time this season for a perimeter player to lead the Lumberjacks in scoring. Barnes was 5-for-8 from the floor to pace a 46-percent shooting effort by SFA. He knocked down three 3-pointers to tie a career high and added four assists and two steals without turning the ball over.
SFA seized control early, opening a 6-0 lead with buckets on its first three possessions. After a layup by ULM's leading scorer Fred Brown at the 17:20 mark, Eddie Williams drained a 3-pointer to push the Lumberjack lead to seven. SFA would outscore the Warhawks, 13-6, over the next five minutes to grab a 14-point lead, and ULM never got within single digits again.
Brown, who came into the game averaging a team-best 14.3 points per contest, didn't score another point. Williams and Barnes hounded him with tight defense on the perimeter, and he finished 1-for-6 with two points and three turnovers. Hugh Mingo knocked down the Warhawks' only 3-point field goal of the night and was their only double-figure scorer, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
Williams joined Barnes in double digits with 12, and senior forward Jordan Glynn added 11 points with nine rebounds and four assists.
Glynn's rebounding led an effort that saw the 'Jacks beat ULM, 36-25, on the boards. In their previous meeting, the Warhawks outrebounded SFA, 34-19, marking one of just two times this season for the Lumberjacks to lose the battle of the boards. Junior center Jereal Scott pulled down four boards, and Brandon Cutler and Dion Prewster came off the bench for four rebounds each.
SFA will be back in action on Jan. 3, when the Lumberjacks host Wiley College. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip from Johnson Coliseum and marks SFA's last non-conference contest of the season.