From SFA Athletics
HAMMOND, LA (Press Release)- A good portion of the bad memories from the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team’s first four road games of the season were exorcised by the ‘Jacks ever-present game plan of good ball movement and great shot selection on Monday night.
Led by Clide Geffrard’s game-high 20 points, four SFA players entered double-digit scoring territory, 24 of the ‘Jacks 33 field goals were assisted on and the visitors shot 51.6-percent from the field to secure their first road triumph of the season by an 89-69 score at Southeastern Louisiana.
Not just content with being the game’s leading scorer, Geffrard corralled a game-high eight rebounds. Other double-digit Lumberjack point-getters included Demetrious Floyd (13), TJ Holyfield (12) and Ty Charles (11).
Thomas Walkup (six) and Trey Pinkney (five) combined to dish out 11 of SFA’s assists and the pair were integral parts of an SFA defense that limited the Lions to an 8-for-21 (38.1-percent) mark from the field in the second half. Southeastern Louisiana connected on 50-percent (12-for-24) of its first-half field goal tries.
Before they could stretch their winning streak in Southland Conference tilts to nine games, the ‘Jacks had to contend with an upset-minded Lions squad who earned the distinction of being the first SLC team to gain the upper hand on SFA this season.
Through the game’s first 4:45, both of the tilt’s lead changes had occurred and a Mo Greenwood layup handed the home team a 9-8 advantage. With the shot clock dwindling down to zero on SFA’s next possession, Walkup ran down a loose ball at half court and heaved up a long-range attempt from roughly 10 feet beyond the three-point line, which flew smoothly through SFA’s rim.
That aforementioned long-distance prayer gave SFA the lead for good and sparked a 9-0 scoring spree that featured downtown buckets from Dallas Cameron and Floyd.
Closing to within four points (36-32) by way by way of two Marlain Veal free throw swishes, the Lions’ final push came with 2:49 to go in the first half. Whatever momentum the home team had racked up was snatched away quickly by the ‘Jacks as they closed the stanza on a 7-1 run to take a 43-33 lead into half.
For the second time in as many games, the beginning of the final half of play was controlled almost exclusively by the Lumberjacks. Using a trio of layups from Walkup, Holyfield and Charles on consecutive possessions in the first 1:58 of the frame, SFA’s lead increased to 16. From that point on, the ‘Jacks lead didn’t dip below 13 points for the rest of the game. Geffrard’s mid-range jumper with 3:43 to go in the one-sided affair made the score 83-57 – the largest SFA advantage of the night. At one point, SFA held the Lions without a field goal for 7:45. Sixteen of SELA’s 36 second-half points came from the free throw line and for the game the Lions got exactly one-third of their points from that distance.
Geffrard, who hails from Pompano Beach, Fla., led a 42-point bench scoring effort, marking the fourth time this season in which SFA’s bench has registered 40 or more markers.
A one-week layover will give the ‘Jacks plenty of time to prep for their next Southland Conference showdown. The next team to oppose the three-time defending league titleholders will be Central Arkansas who strides into William R. Johnson Coliseum on Tuesday, Jan. 12, for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.