NATCHITICHES, Louisiana – Freshman Ty Charles set a new career-high with 19 points to lead the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team to a 93-82 win over Northwestern State on Monday night inside Prather Coliseum.
Charles finished 7-of-14 from the field, with a 3-pointer and 4-of-6 from the line to lead the Lumberjacks (20-3, 10-0 SLC) against NWST (12-10, 7-4 SLC). The native of Kennedale, Texas, was one of four SFA players to finish in double figures.
Senior Jacob Parker and junior Thomas Walkup followed Charles with 16 points. Parker, who was limited to just seven minutes played in the first half due to foul trouble, netted 14 second half points. Walkup, who was named the Southland Conference's Player of the Week hours earlier, recorded five makes from the field, six from the foul line and pulled down nine defensive rebounds, while adding three assists for a balanced night.
Senior Tanner Clayton tied his season-high with 13 points, all coming in the first half,
SFA out rebounded the Demons by nine, winning the battle under the glass 37-28. The 'Jacks led NWST 36-20 in the paint, 25-19 off turnovers, 17-14 in second chance and 8-2 in the fast break. Both benches scored 29 points.
After an opening 3-point by junior Trey Pinkney, who finished with seven points, the Demons responded with a 10-0 run. Charles then added five points, combining for threes with junior Jared Johnson to open a 10-3 run to even the game at 13-all with 14:25 on the clock.
Both teams traded baskets over the next seven minutes, until Charles hit a jumper to give SFA a 25-24 edge. The jumper opened an 8-0 run with Clayton scoring four, two on a dunk at 6:16.
The Demons came back however, with Sabri Thomason hitting three consecutive 3-pointers from the left wing, as both teams traded the lead four more times. Thompson scored his 12th and 13th points of the half and the game on free throws to tie it 41-41, before Walkup added a make from the stripe with 17 second remaining to enter the lockerroom up one.
NWST and the 'Jacks traded the lead four more times over the first five minutes of the second half until SFA put together another run. Junior Clide Geffrard converted a layup and Parker hits his next two shots, including one from behind the arc, to give the 'Jacks a 61-54 lead.
Over the final 13 minutes, SFA withstood several pushes by the Demons, before going up 10 on a fast break layup from Parker. The lead for the 'Jacks never fell below six points the rest of the way en route to the 93-82 final.