NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Brandon Cutler scored a career-high 16 points to lead four Lumberjacks in double figures as Stephen F. Austin cruised to an 86-49 win over Wiley College Monday at Johnson Coliseum. The game marked SFA's sixth straight home contest to hold the opposition below 50 points.
SFA (9-3) tied the 2003-04 team for the third-most pre-conference wins in the program's Division I era. The 'Jacks will open Southland Conference play Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana.
Wiley (7-5) came into the contest on a hot streak, having won four of its last five games and averaging 81.4 points per night during that stretch. But SFA held the Wildcats to 35 percent shooting and forced 23 Wiley turnovers, which were turned into 29 points.
The lead changed hands six times in the first three minutes as the teams exchanged baskets early. But SFA went on a 12-0 run to take an 18-7 lead by the 11:21 mark and would stay in control for the duration. The 'Jacks shot 50 percent in the opening period and held Wiley to 30 percent to take a
39-23 lead to halftime.
SFA poured it on in the second half, shooting 57 percent from the field.
Cutler finished 5-for-6 from the floor to lead the 'Jacks to a 53-percent effort for the game. The junior forward also went 6-for-6 at the foul line, as SFA knocked down a season-best 84 percent of its free throws.
Senior guard Denzel Barnes was 6-of-10 from the field to tie a career high with 14 points, and classmates Jordan Glynn and Mark Gomillia added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Gomillia's 10 tied a career best.
Junior forward Dion Prewster, making his first start as a Lumberjack, pulled down a career-high nine rebounds as SFA beat Wiley, 40-21, on the glass.
Five of Prewster's rebounds came on offense, helping the 'Jacks to a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points. Glynn added eight rebounds and freshman Amos Olatayo posted a new career high with six boards. Freshman point guard Darius Gardner put up a career-best six assists without a turnover in 16 minutes.
Marquis Wright scored 19 points to lead Wiley, but no other Wildcat reached double figures.
SFA held Wiley to a 2-for-7 showing from 3-point range, making the Wildcats the third straight Lumberjack opponent to hit two or fewer from distance.