NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Senior Jacob Parker scored 19 points and sophomore Dallas Cameron netted a career-high 12 points to help fuel the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team to a 79-54 win over New Orleans on Monday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The Lumberjacks (15-3, 5-0 SLC) outscored the Privateers (5-9, 0-4 SLC) 43-25 in the second half to pick up their nation-leading 27th win in conference play. The win also marked the team's 14th consecutive overall victory of the season, which ranks third in the country.
Parker led all, shooting 7-of-10 from the line with three 3-pointers and a team-best five rebounds. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma, was one of four to score in double figures. Junior Jared Johnson finished with 15 points and junior Thomas Walkup joined Cameron with 12 points.
SFA shot 63.0 percent (29-46) from the field and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the foul line on the night. The 'Jacks forced 22 turnovers by UNO and outscored the Privateers 30-19 when an error was forced. SFA also led 12-2 in fast break points, 23-11 off the bench and 32-30 in the paint.
After both teams managed just two points across the first two minutes of play, the 'Jacks reeled off 11 straight to stake themselves out front 13-2 at the 16:14 mark. The double-figure lead wavered only slightly over the next 11 minutes as SFA ran its lead to 32-19 with 5:01 left before the break.
UNO scored eight straight points to pull within five at 32-27, before the 'Jacks closed on a 4-2 run to hold a 36-29 advantage heading into the locker room.
In the second half, Parker caught fire for 14 points, hitting 6-of-9 attempts from the field, as SFA also got eight-point halves from Cameron and Johnson and shot 72 percent (18-25) collectively to arrive at the 79-54 final.
The 'Jacks will now get set for a pair of road games. SFA will play at Sam Houston State on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4:30 p.m., before heading over to Lamar on Monday.