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SFA Hopes to Keep Good Times Rolling in Monday Night Battle at UNO

From SFA Athletics

NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- THE STARTING FIVE

• Fresh off a record-setting night and armed with a four-game winning streak, the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team (11-5, 4-0 Southland) embarks on a journey to the Big Easy to put its 14-game unbeaten stretch against Southland Conference opponents on the line when the ‘Jacks cross paths with the New Orleans Privateers (5-10, 1-3 SLC) at 8 p.m. on Monday night. The American Sports Network will carry the intraleague clash nationally on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network 2 (DirecTV 640-1, Dish Network 433). Viewers may also direct their eyes to Southland.org/watch or the Southland Conference app for Apple and Android devices to see the SLC showdown. On top of the numerous ways to follow along via ones visual spectrum, Rob Meyers will once again bring his smooth-talking brand of play by play and analysis to the clamoring masses on Q107.7 in Nacogdoches and to those elsewhere on planet Earth at Q1077.com.

• One of four Southland Conference squads that have yet to experience a league defeat in 2015-16, the ‘Jacks are tied with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for second place in the conference standings at 3-0. Both Houston Baptist and Sam Houston State sport 4-0 records to hold a half-game lead over the ‘Jacks through the first two weeks of conference play.

• For the fourth time in as many seasons, the ‘Jacks have opened their slate of Southland Conference clashes with four straight wins. Those triumphs have come by a league-leading scoring margin of 26.2 points per game. All in all, the ‘Jacks 2015-16 scoring margin of +11.9 leads the 13-team SLC and ranks 38th out of 351 NCAA Division I men’s basketball squads.

• Since Brad Underwood accepted employment as the 11th head coach in SFA history prior to the 2013-14 campaign, the ‘Jacks have never lost a game in the month of January. With Underwood at the helm of the program, SFA is 20-0 in all January tilts.

• Senior Thomas Walkup continued his climb up a number of SFA’s all-time NCAA Division I lists with a pair of spectacular outings against Central Arkansas and Abilene Christian. The Pasadena, Texas, product established a new season high in points (32) against the Bears on Tuesday night and before the week was out, he rose to third in SFA’s DI history in career points (1,384) as well as fourth in career free throws made (318).

SCOUTING THE PRIVATEERS

•  Smack dab in the middle of his fourth season as the Privateers’ head man, Mark Slessinger has led UNO to a mark of 5-10 and 1-3 in league confrontations so far this season.

• None of the Privateers’ SLC confrontations have been decided by more than four points. After a 68-64 victory in its league opener at Lamar, UNO has fell in three straight league games by a combined 10 points.

• Junior guard Christavious Gill has been the main producer of offense for the Privateers this season, pumping in 14 points per game and adding three rebounds and 2.3 assists per tilt. Other primary scorers for UNO include Erik Thomas (10 ppg), Nate Frye (9.8 ppg) and Kevin Hill (nine ppg). Hill’s scoring average of 13.5 points per game in SLC tilts leads the team.

• A senior, Erik Thomas averages 10 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds per game for UNO. His field goal percentage of .525 is also a team best.

REVIEWING SFA vs. ABILENE CHRISTIAN

• No Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team in the history of the program enjoyed the kind of shooting night the current group of Lumberjacks had in their 97-62 romp over Abilene Christian. The ‘Jacks connected on 72.2-percent of their field goals (39-of-54) which bested the previous program record for single-game field goal percentage set back in 1984.

• Additionally, that 72.2-percent showing from the field also stands as the best single-game field goal percentage in an NCAA Division I men’s basketball contest this season. IPFW shot an identical percentage in its win over Purdue-North Central - an NAIA institution.

• In addition to their NCAA-best field goal mark, the ‘Jacks were lethal from long range, too, as they set a 2015-16 NCAA single-game high in three-point field goal percentage. SFA connected on 12 of its 15 downtown tries for a mark of 80 percent.

• Sophomore Ty Charles continued to find his stride in conference tilts by amassing a career-high 25 points on an eye-popping 11-of-12 (91.7-percent) effort from the field. His game-high total upped his field goal percentage in Southland Conference bouts to .657 - the second-best figure in the 13-team league in SLC-only games.

• Facilitating the ‘Jacks highest-scoring output of 2015-16 was a season-high 28 assists. Seven of those helpers came courtesy of senior point guard Trey Pinkney who owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 999.0 in SLC games. The Katy, Texas, product has dished out 18 assists in league play without committing a turnover.

• Jared Johnson rediscovered his touch from downtown via a 4-of-6 showing from distance. In SLC games, the senior from Columbia, S.C., has hit 47.6-percent of his tries from distance. In those games, he has also been sporting a headband while in non-league action and sans headband he shot a paltry 29.5-percent (18-61) from three-point range.

• All of the offensive damage dealt by the ‘Jacks has occured without a single player on the squad cracking the league’s top-15 minutes played list. An efficient bunch, SFA doesn’t have a player on its roster who averages greater than 28.3 minutes per game in SLC action.

LET’S GO STREAKING!

• William R. Johnson Coliseum has been the site of many impressive win streaks since its construction and none have been more eye-popping than those that head coach Brad Underwood has overseen.

• 22 - Since a 79-77 OT loss to Northern Iowa on Nov. 18, 2014, SFA hasn’t experienced a setback in WRJ Coliseum. That’s a streak of 21-straight games which is tied for the eighth-longest home court winning streak in the nation with Valparaiso.

• 22.8 - Through the course of that 21-game home court winning streak, the ‘Jacks have outscored their opponents by 502 points and their margin of victory has been by an average of 22.8 points.

• SFA has won 11 consecutive Southland Conference games which stands as the ninth-longest winning streak in conference tilts in the league’s history. With one more win, the ‘Jacks would increase their unbeaten stretch in SLC games to 12 - the eighth-longest streak in conference history.

• 33 - In recent memory, Southland Conference foes have not fared well in William R. Johnson Coliseum to say the least. SFA has defeated the last 33 SLC squads who have stepped foot inside the ‘Jacks home facility and the last league team to escape the facility with a win was UT-Arlington who claimed a 51-47 victory on Feb. 15, 2012. Of the current members of the 13-team league, Sam Houston State was the most recent one to obtain a victory at WRJ Coliseum as they bested SFA 55-40 on March 2, 2011.   

THE PROWESS OF PINKNEY

• Brad Underwood has coached 85 games at SFA, and in each one of those tilts he has turned to Trey Pinkney to serve as the starting point guard for the Lumberjacks.

• Never have the ball handling or passing abilities of the Katy, Texas, product been questioned and so far this season his decision-making skills have the senior at the forefront of the national scene in assist-to-turnover ratio. His A-T ratio of 6.63 is the best all NCAA Division I men’s basketball players and among the top ten assist-to-turnover ratio owners, he is the only one who hasn’t committed a turnover in a conference game.

• In 2015-16 SLC games, Pinkney has dished out 18 assists without committing a turnover.

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