NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Team Information Stephen F. Austin Head Coach: Brad Underwood (Kansas State, 1986)Career Record: 36-6 (2nd season), Record at SFA: Same
Long Beach State Head Coach: Dan Monson (Idaho, 1985)Career Record: 294-235 (18th season), Record at LBSU: 124-112 (8th season)
STORY LINES• The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball will look to continue their three-game win streak and open a five-game homestand on Friday, Dec. 5, against Long Beach State in a 7 p.m. (CT) tip inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The game will be streamed on SFA All Access and broadcast on Q107.7 FM with Rob Meyers on the call. The game will also serve as a Toys For Tots game, and fans who bring a donation of a new toy for Toys For Tots will receive a free reserved ticket.
• The Lumberjacks (4-3) return to Nacogdoches after a five-game road swing that included trips to Xavier (L, 81-63), Baylor (L, 67-51), Las Vegas (Prairie View A&M-W, 73-61; Austin Peay-W, 83-62) and Memphis (W, 64-52). SFA posted a 2-0 record in the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational in Orleans Arena to win its respective bracket, before downing Memphis inside FedExForum on Tuesday night.
• SFA is looking to continue its success under second-year head coach Brad Underwood. Last season, the `Jacks became the first Southland Conference team to win 29 games in the regular season and then became the first 30-plus win team in conference history with two wins in Katy, Texas, host site of the league's tournament, and one in the NCAA Tournament to finish 32-3. The 32 wins surpassed the 1985 Louisiana Tech team that finished 29-3 after reaching the "Sweet 16" and set a new school record for most wins in a single season, passing the 1971-72 `Jack squad that went 31-3 and advanced five games in the NAIA Tournament, and picked up the program's first win in the NCAA Tournament.
• In 2013-14, SFA finished a perfect 15-0 at home for a second consecutive year, while the team's 29-game overall win streak obliterated the former conference record of 19 set by Louisiana Tech in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and ranked led the nation for the `Jacks entering the third round of the NCAA Tournament, following Wichita State's 78-76 loss to Kentucky the same afternoon.
THE LAST TIME OUT•After entering the break tied 27-27, a strong showing in the second half surged SFA 64-52 over Memphis on Tuesday night inside FedExForum. (See SFA's Last Time Out for more).
UP NEXT• Following the tilt with Long Beach State, the `Jacks will continue their homestand with Ouachita Baptist on Sunday, Dec. 7, in a 3 p.m. tip. SFA will also welcome North Texas (Dec. 14), Texas State (Dec. 17) and Arkansas Tech (Dec. 20) to WRJ Coliseum over the next three games, before closing out the month of December and its non-conference schedule at Cal State Northridge (Dec. 29).
OTHER NOTES• SFA vs. LONG BEACH STATE: The `Jacks will meet Long Beach State for the fourth time on the hardwood when the two teams meet on Friday, Dec. 5, inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The 49ers, leading the all-time series 2-1, are making their second-ever trip to Nacogdoches with the first coming in the 1991-92 season when they downed SFA 70-62.
• SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE: Long Beach State enters Friday's tip 5-4 on the season. The 49ers are currently on a two-game win streak, after trading wins and losses across their first seven games. LBSU has picked up victories over San Francisco State (74-64), Kansas State (69-60), Western Michigan (73-55) and recently against Xavier (73-70) and Nevada (68-57). However, none of the five wins have come on the opponents' court, as 49ers are 0-3 in true road games, falling at BYU (95-90), Xavier (97-74) and UCLA (77-63).
LBSU is led offensively by senior Mike Caffey, who is averaging 18.7 points per game. The 6-0 guard is joined by fellow senior Tyler Lamb (11.3), as the only two 49ers averaging double figures. Senior David Samuels averages 8.0 points and a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game.
LBSU has played evenly with its opponents over its first nine games. The 49ers trail the scoring marking by a tenth of a percent (72.8-72.7), making nearly the same number of shots from the field and free throw lone as their opponents on the season. LBSU is 217-of-480 (.452) from the floor and 148-of-225 (.658) from the charity stripe, opposite the challenger at 222-of-539 (.412) and 147-of-191 (.770) shooting, respectfully.
• SFA's LAST TIME OUT: Junior Clide Geffrard paced SFA against Memphis, recording a season-high 14 points across 17 minutes off the bench. The native of Pompano Beach, Florida, was 5-of-8 from the floor, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and completing a 2-of-2 showing from the free throw line.
Three `Jacks finished in double figures, as senior Jacob Parker and freshman Ty Charles joined Geffrard, netting 13 and 10 points, respectfully. Junior Thomas Walkup added seven points and led SFA at the glass will 10 rebounds (six offensive, four defensive). Specialty Stats:In Paint - Memphis 38-26 Off Turnovers - SFA 13-4 2nd Chance - SFA 14-9 Fast Break - Memphis 4-2 Bench - SFA 32-10
• FROM DOWNTOWN: Over 27% of SFA's made field goals this season have come from beyond the arc. The `Jacks have made 47 of 149 (.315) attempts from 3-point land, while shooting 174-of-395 (.441) from the floor. The `Jacks 3-point shooting is almost double their opponent in both converted attempts and overall shots. When facing SFA, the opponent is 25-of-83 (.301) from deep.
• TIED AT THE BREAK: When SFA entered halftime tied 27-27 at Memphis, it marked the first time under head coach Bead Underwood that the `Jacks were tied entering the lockerroom.
• COMFORT IN HALFTIME LEAD: When leading at halftime, the `Jacks are 31-1 all-time under head coach Brad Underwood. SFA's lone loss when taking a lead into the lockerroom was at Texas on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, just the third game of Underwood's tenure both with the `Jacks and as a head coach at the Div. I level. SFA has won 29 consecutive games under Underwood since then when on top after the first 20 minutes.
• PERFECT FROM THE LINE: Senior Tanner Clayton has enjoyed steady success at the free throw line so far this season. The native of San Diego, California, is 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, while the `Jacks are 91-of-131 (.695) on the year.
• PARKER's ALL-TIME WINS: Senior forward Jacob Parker recorded the 83nd win of his Lumberjack career after Tuesday's 64-52 win at Memphis. The native of Bixby, Okla., is 14 wins away from tying former teammate Desmond Haymon as the program's all-time winningest player at the Division I level. Haymon recorded 97 wins across four seasons at SFA.
• WINNINGEST TWO-YEAR PLAYERS: Senior Connor Brooks and Tanner Clayton picked up their 36th win of their Lumberjack careers after Tuesday's 64-52 win at Memphis. The two are 23 wins away from tying former teammates Nikola Gajic and Deshaunt Walker as the program's all-time winningest players in a two-year span. Gajic and Walker are also the only two `Jacks to go undefeated inside William R. Johnson Coliseum across their careers, posting 30 wins (15 - 2012-13; 15 - 2013-14). Brooks and Clayton are 16-1 in the coliseum.
• BEATING THE HOUSE: SFA left Las Vegas undefeated, after posting a 2-0 record in the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The `Jacks downed Prairie View A&M 73-61 and Austin Peay 83-62 to win their respective bracket. Senior Jacob Parker was named to the all-tournament team, after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds across two games inside Orleans Arena.
• NEW STARTERS: SFA had a consistent starting five across the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. From the first game to the last of both campaigns, the `Jacks rolled with the same guys during those spans. With new additions to this season's squad, Underwood will have different options for lineups, depending on the matchup, and in the second game of this season, he changed his lineup, ending a SFA's streak of 68 games without changing the starters midseason.2011-12 Starters (final 2 gms) - Darius Gardner, Antonio Bostic, Desmond Haymon, Jonathan King and Jereal Scott 2012-13 Starters (32 gms) - Hal Bateman, Antonio Bostic, Desmond, Haymon, Jacob Parker and Taylor Smith 2013-14 Starters (35 gms) - Trey Pinkney, Desmond Haymon, Thomas Walkup, Nikola Gajic and Jacob Parker 2014-15 Starters (1 gm) - Trey Pinkney, Dallas Cameron, Connor Brooks, Thomas Walkup and Jacob Parker 2014-15 Starters (3 gms) - Trey Pinkney, Dallas Cameron, Thomas Walkup, Clide Geffrard and Jacob Parker 2014-15 Starters (3 gms) - Trey Pinkney, Jared Johnson, Thomas Walkup, Jacob Parker and Tanner Clayton
• SFA IN UNDERWOOD OPENERS: The `Jacks improved to 2-0 in season and home openers under head coach Brad Underwood in a 75-49 win over Mississippi College inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA kicked off the Underwood era last season with a 90-64 win over Texas-Tyler, also coming at home.
• DOMINANT SENIOR CLASS MOVES ON: After last season, SFA saw the departure of one of the most dominant senior classes to ever come through Nacogdoches in Haymon (starter), Nikola Gajic (starter) and Deshaunt Walker (sixth-man). Haymon left SFA as the program's all-time winningest player at the Division I level with 97 victories, tied for the fourth winningest class overall in program history, while Gajic and Walker were the program's winningest players in a two-year span with 59 wins. Gajic and Walker also became the first two players in program history to close their careers undefeated at home, posting 30 wins inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
• RETURNERS/NEWCOMERS: The `Jacks returns three of their starters from last season in senior forward Jacob Parker, junior forward Thomas Walkup and junior guard Trey Pinkney. The `Jacks also return Connor Brooks (Sr., G/F), Tanner Clayton (Sr., F), Dallas Cameron (So., G), Justin Dotson (So., SG) and Jason Martin(So., G). Underwood welcomes six newcomers from his early signing class in Ty Charles (Fr., G), Demetrious Floyd (Jr., G), Clide Geffrard (Jr., F), Jared Johnson (Jr., G), Jaxon Holden (Fr., G) and Caleb Johnston (Fr., G/F), along with Bobby King, a senior transfer from Florida A&M.
• WIN STREAKS ENTERING 2014-15: SFA will enter the 2014-15 season with several national win streaks still intact - consecutive home, true road and conference wins. Entering the season, the `Jacks were tied with Duke for the nation's longest active home win streak at 33 games. SFA has not dropped a game inside William R. Johnson Coliseum since a 51-47 loss to Texas-Arlington (2/15/12) during the 2011-12 season. The `Jacks also boast a 12-game true road win streak that is tied with No. 11 Wichita State for the nation's lead, while their 14 overall road wins led the country.
In conference play, SFA sits third nationally, behind Florida and Wichita St., with a 20-game win streak. The `Jacks finished a perfect 18-0 last season, becoming just the 18th team to go unbeaten in a league schedule of 18 games or more in NCAA history.
• VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: SFA received one vote in the AP Top 25 Poll entering the season. The `Jacks continued receiving one vote in week two. SFA was also ranked fifth in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll in week two, moving up one spot from the opening week of the season (tabbed sixth).
• PRESEASON HYPE: CBSSports.com's Sam Vecenie concluded the website's 2014-15 college basketball conference preview with a "Best of the Rest" on Thursday, Oct. 23, and the `Jacks were tabbed sixth out of the 23 conferences not covered during the website's preseason series, while NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk's Rob Dauster had SFA ninth in his mid-major power ranking. USA Today had the `Jacks at No. 53 in its preseason countdown of the top teams.
• PICKED TO 3-PEAT: SFA, the two-time defending SLC regular-season and reigning tournament champion, was named the preseason favorite to repeat in a vote by the league's coaches and sports information directors, the conference office announced Wednesday, Oct. 29. The `Jacks received 11 first-place votes from the coaches for 143 total points while picking up 10 first-place nods from the SIDs and 144 total points.
• PARKER, WALKUP NAMED PRESEASON All-SLC: SFA's Parker and Walkup were named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-SLC teams, the league office announced on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Parker was tabbed to the first team for the `Jacks, while Walkup earned second team recognition.
LEFTOVERS FROM 2013-14• NCAA TOP 10 BEST STARTS: Head coach Brad Underwood picked up his 28th win at the helm in a 83-72 victory over Oral Roberts (Mar. 6) to crack into the NCAA's top 10 best career starts. Underwood, then added four more wins in 2013-14, to move into sole possession of third in the NCAA's top 10 best career starts at the Division I level. Underwood passed Steve Prohm (Murray State - 31-2, 2012) and Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh - 31-5, 2004) with SFA's win over VCU. Only Bill Guthridge (North Carolina - 34-4, 1998) and Bill Hodges (Indiana State - 33-1, 1979) recorded more wins in their first season as a head coach.
• PERFECT IN CONFERENCE: With the win over Central Arkansas in the season finale, SFA closed out the season out their conference schedule undefeated for just the third time in program history. The `Jacks finished the season 18-0 in conference to become the third team to do so this season, joining No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Wichita State and just the 18th team to go unbeaten in a league schedule of 18 games or more in NCAA history. SFA also finished 18-0 (29-1 overall) in the Lone Star Conference in 1969-70 and 10-0 (22-8 overall) in the Gulf Star Conference in 1886-87.
• ROAD WARRIORS: With the win at Southeastern Louisiana, SFA closed its Southland Conference road slate undefeated at 9-0, the first time the `Jacks have done so in the Division I era. The last conference team that was truly recognized for going undefeated on the road was Arkansas State in 1966-67 when it was 8-0 SLC and 4-0 on road. In 1972-73 Louisiana-Lafayette finished 6-0 (12-0 SLC), but all wins were later forfeited due to NCAA sanctions. Louisiana Tech is listed as 8-0 in league play in 1971-72, but it technically was 6-2 in conference and 3-1 on the road. It was later awarded two league wins (one road win) when ULL forfeited all eight-league games that season.
QUICK HITS • The `Jacks opened the 2014-15 season 1-3, SFA's worst start since the 1998-99 season when the team opened up 0-4.• The `Jacks three-game losing streak earlier this season was their since 2011-12 season, when SFA dropped three consecutive in non-conference play (Prairie View A&M, 53-50; North Carolina Central, 65-57; Oregon, 55-45.).• SFA, 2-3 through its first five games, also started last season 2-3, eventually finishing 32-3.• SFA's 34-game win streak ended in a 79-77 overtime loss to Northern Iowa on Tuesday, Nov. 18.• SFA's 12-game true road win streak ended in a 81-63 loss at Xavier on Friday, Nov. 21.• At the Division I level, senior forward Jacob Parker ranks 10th all-time at SFA with 103 starts. The native of Bixby, Okla., needs 9 more to tie former teammate Desmond Haymon (2010-14) for second all-time. Josh Alexander (2005-09) holds the Div. I mark with 116 starts.• Junior guard/forward Thomas Walkup recorded his fifth double-double of the season in SFA's season-opening 75-49 win over Mississippi College.• SFA is undefeated in the months of December, January and February under head coach Brad Underwood.• In 2013-14, SFA closed the regular season 15-0 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum for a second straight year.• SFA led the country with 14 true road wins in 2013-14, posting a 14-2 (.875) mark.• SFA is coming off a record-setting 32-3 campaign in 2013-14. The `Jacks won the Southland Conference's regular season and tournament titles, and picked up the program's first-ever win the NCAA Tournament, upsetting fifth-seeded VCU 77-75 in overtime. • The 2013-14 Southland Conference regular season title marks the second time the `Jacks have won back-to-back titles. SFA won the SLC in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The year after won their first consecutive titles, the `Jacks were eliminated in the championship game of the league's tournament.• The `Jacks are 2-5 all-time in postseason tournaments. SFA is 1-2 in the NCAA Tournament and 1-3 in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).• Brad Underwood became the 11th head coach in SFA history on April 23, 2013.
Series vs. Long Beach State: 1-2, fourth meeting Last Five Meetings (if available):Season (H/A/N) W/L Score 2012-13 (A) W 68-601991-92 (H) L 70-621989-90 (A) L 105-61
Last time vs. Long Beach State - (Feb. 22, 2013 - Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California)The Lumberjacks got 21 points from Antonio Bostic and shot 56.5 percent from the field, leading the majority of the way, to knock off Long Beach State on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Walter Pyramid as part of the Ramada Bracketbusters, a game that was broadcast on ESPNU. SFA (23-3) snapped the 49ers' (17-10) 10-game win streak at The Pyramid, putting four players in double figures, led by Bostic.
Series Notes • Friday's game against Long Beach State marks the fourth meeting and second inside William R. Johnson Coliseum between SFA and the 49ers. The game also marks a return trip from the Ramada Bracketbusters in 2012-13.• The `Jacks are 0-1 against LBSU at home, falling 70-62 on Dec. 14, 1991.