WACO, Texas – Junior Jared Johnson recorded a season-high 16 points off the bench, but the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball was unable to topple Baylor in a 67-51 loss on Monday night inside Ferrell Center.
Baylor (4-0) limited the Lumberjacks (1-3) to a season-low 33.3 mark (18-for-54) from the field and 19.2 percentage (5-for-26) from 3-point land.
The loss moves SFA to 1-3 on the season, the program's worst start since the 1998-99 season when the team opened up 0-4.
Johnson paced the 'Jacks, finishing 4-of-10 from the field, 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and 6-of-7 from behind the line. The native of Columbia, South Carolina, also pulled down five rebounds against the Bears (4-0).
SFA placed three players in double figures in all, as senior Jacob Parker and junior Thomas Walkup netted 10 and 11 points, respectfully. Parker finished with 4-of-9 from the field with one 3-pointer and one free throw, while Walkup finished 5-of 8 with a free throw. Parker also crashed the glass for eight boards.
The Bears led the SFA 30-24 in points in the paint, 13-8 off turnovers, 14-10 in second chance opportunities and 4-0 in fast break points and, while the 'Jacks outscored Baylor 28-17 off the bench.
After Parker scored the first four points of the game, SFA suffered a scoring drought as the Bears went on a 12-0 run to take a 12-4 lead. The pointless streak lasted 5:43 before Walkup broke up converted a layup with 12:06 left before the half.
Walkup's layup sparked a 14-6 run over the next 4:32 to tie the game 18-18, before both teams traded 1-for-2 showings from the charity stipe to make it 19-all. The tied didn't last long however, as Baylor closed the half on a 14-3 run to take a 33-22 lead into the break.
The 'Jacks were able to cut the Bear lead to 10 points on five different occasions, but were never able to push it below double figures, as Baylor outscored SFA 34-29 in the second half to take the 67-51 final.
The 'Jacks will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 27, playing Prairie View A&M in the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.