From SFA Athletics
NEW ORLEANS, LA (Press Release)- Any good financial planner, if they're worth their salt, will encourage clients to diversify and spread around their funds in hopes of averting any sort of fiscal disaster in their lifetimes. The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team has adopted a similar mindset of sharing the load on offense rather than just letting one or two players serve as the go-to scorer game in and game out.
On Monday night at the University of New Orleans, it was Demetrious Floyd's turn to bathe in the glow of the scoring limelight and after scoring a season-low two points, the senior was money all night long for the `Jacks.
Lighting up the Privateers for a career-high 32 points on 13-of-16 (81.3-percent) shooting, Floyd hefted the majority of the `Jacks scoring load and was one of four SFA players to hit double-digits in the team's 82-58 romp in the Big Easy.
Floyd's offense was something UNO never located on a consistent basis in the second half - due largely to the `Jacks swarming, ball-hawking defense. The St. Louis, Mo., product notched 21 of his game-high point cache in the second half. Those 21 markers were four more than the Privateers had as a team in a frame where they fired at a rate of just 25-percent (6-of-24) from the floor.
The `Jacks offense "cooled off," for lack of a better phrase, following it's historic shooting night last Saturday night. SFA hit "only" 60-percent (30-of-50) of its shots and "just" 11-of-18 (61.1-percent) long range field goals.
Thomas Walkup's solid all-around effort was highlighted by 19 points, but by the time the game was a matter of record the do-it-all senior had notched game highs in assists (five), steals (three) and also hauled down four rebounds.
Clide Geffrard finished with 12 points - his 10th-straight outing of 10 or more points - to go along with four of SFA's 19 assists and fellow senior Jared Johhson stretched his string of double-digits scoring efforts to two games with 10 points.
Beginning the game on a 14-2 blitz over the opening 4:11, SFA got all but four points from Floyd and Walkup in its opening salvo. The game threatened to get out of hand for good when Walkup drilled a smooth fade-away jumper from mid-range off of a turn around move to make matters 44-25 with 4:01 to go in the first half. The Privateers, though, capitalized time and time again on their best game plan, which was conceived by 16 first-half SFA personal fouls.
Putting down stakes at the free throw line seemed to be the only response the Privateers had for the `Jacks torrid shooting, and it did the trick for the home team in the later stages of the opening frame. By connecting on 17 of their 23 attempts at the foul line during the first 20 minutes of action, the hosts were able to negate the `Jacks sizzling shooting touch.
The final 59 seconds of the first saw the Privateers threaten for the only time all game by using a 7-0 surge - capped by a three-pointer from Nate Frye - to trim the `Jacks once-comfortable double-digit advantage all the way down to eight points (49-41) as the teams retreated to their respective locker rooms for the halftime break.
A few tenuous minutes transpired in the infancy of the deciding frame when Coleman Edwards' fast-break jumper cut SFA's advantage down to 52-43, but Walkup responded with an old-fashioned three-point play before Floyd splashed his first of five second-half three pointers to make the margin 13 with 15:38 to go in the frame. With that, the energized `Jacks funneled a good portion of their on-court enthusiasm into the defensive side of things.
For 9:54 - just under 50-percent of the second half - the Privateers wouldn't hit pay dirt on a field goal attempt. From the 15:07 mark to 5:13, UNO scored just three points - all of which came at the free throw line.
Locating the offense that was so elusive for the Privateers was Floyd, who scored 11 of the `Jacks 15 points in that span. All told, Floyd's 21 represented almost two-thirds of SFA's 33 second-half point total.
Kevin Hill had 12 points as well as a game-high seven rebounds for UNO and Erik Thomas chipped in 10 markers in the Privateers' fourth-straight SLC setback.
One of three undefeated teams in league play, the `Jacks return to Nacogdoches for the latest installment of the hardwood version of the Battle of the Piney Woods. Hated rival Sam Houston State - who boasts a 10-9 mark with a 4-1 showing in league confrontations - will collide with SFA at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.