CONWAY, Ark. – The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team built an early lead and never looked back in a 109-58 blowout of Central Arkansas on Tuesday night inside Farris Center.
The Lumberjacks (13-3, 3-0 SLC) placed four in double figures, led by 20 points from junior Thomas Walkup, in extending two of the nation's top win streaks. With the win over UCA (0-14, 0-4 SLC), SFA has now won a nation-leading 25 consecutive in conference play and 12 straight overall on the season, which ranks third in the NCAA.
Walkup paced the ‘Jacks on the night, shooting 5-of-10 from the floor and hitting a career-high 10 free throws. The native of Pasadena, Texas, also recorded a career-best six assists.
Junior Demetrious Floyd just missed a 20-point performance, finishing with 19 off the bench on 7-of-12 shooting with three shots from deep and a 2-of-2 showing from the foul line. Senior Jacob Parker netted 15 points, while freshman Ty Charles recorded 10 to round out the double-figure scoring for SFA.
Sophomore Dallas Cameron led the team at the glass against the Bears, pulling down a career-high six rebounds.
The ‘Jacks outscored UCA 62-36 in the paint, 53-13 off the bench, 19-4 in second chance opportunities and 16-0 in the fast break. SFA also forced a season-high 31 turnovers against the Bears and turned them into 47 points.
A close one to start, Walkup (free throw) and Charles (layup) gave the ‘Jacks a 3-0 lead over the first 1:50, before UCA got its first points of the game. The Bears remained within one at 7-6, until Walkup added two more from the foulline to spark a 5-0 run.
The SFA lead built to double figures at the 10:33 mark and never waned the rest of the way, as the ‘Jacks led by as much as 30 points in taking a 58-30 lead into the locker room.
The ‘Jacks opened the second half on 17-2 run to build their cushion to 43 points. The advantage never dropped below 36, as SFA led by as much as 53 to arrive at the 109-58 final.
The win marks the first time the ‘Jacks have won by a 50-point margin since a 93-36 decision over UT-Tyler (12/30/10). SFA's win also marks the first time the team has scored over 100 points in a game since dropping 103 at New Orleans (2/27/14).
The ‘Jacks will next face Abilene Christian on Saturday in a battle to remain atop the SLC standings. SFA and ACU, both 3-0 in league play, will meet in a 11 a.m. tip in a televised contest on the CBS Sports Network.
SFA Athletics Press Release: Kyle Rogers