NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Taylor Smith and Jonathan King each finished with double-doubles and Stephen F. Austin put four players in double figures in running away from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 74-41, on Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The ‘Jacks (17-11, 10-4 SLC) have now won at least 10 games in conference play in four of the last five years and moved into a tie withMcNeese State for second place in the league with just two games remaining after the Cowboys dropped their second consecutive game of the year on Saturday afternoon in Lake Charles to Nicholls.
SFA finished shot a season-best 61.1 percent from the floor against the Islanders (5-23, 3-11 SLC) and held its second straight opponent under 30 percent from the field as TAMUCC hit just 13 of its 50 shots from the field (26.0 percent).
Smith, who did not score in the first half, finished as one of three Lumberjacks with a game-high 17 points, while flirting with a triple double by finishing with 12 rebounds and rejecting seven shots while making his first start of the year in place of Jereal Scott who sat out due to injury.
He was joined by Antonio Bostic and Desmond Haymon with 17 apiece, with 10 of Bostic's coming in the first half. King had 10 of his 14 points in the first half and ripped down a career-best 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive end.
In all SFA dished out 22 assists – including a game-high six from Hal Bateman - on its 33 made shots, and hit 19 of its 24 shots (79.2 percent) from the field in the second half in turning a 16-point halftime lead into a 33-point runaway.
Chris Hawkins-Mast led the Islanders on the night with a double-double of his own, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
SFA trailed for just a few seconds early in the contest before outscoring the Islanders 16-3 in the first 10 minutes of the game, and 32-16 in the first half behind 46.7 percent shooting.
The ‘Jacks did not waste time in the second half bolstering its lead, opening the second period on a quick 7-2 spurt and pushing its lead to 21 on Haymon's only three-point bucket of the night just over two minutes into the second half.
From there SFA continued to be aggressive, as Smith scored six of the next 10 Lumberjack points and eventually scored 10 points of his own in the final five minutes of play.
The Lumberjacks will next travel to Huntsville to take on Sam Houston State on Wednesday before closing out the regular season at home on Senior Night on Saturday when they host Northwestern State.