From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)
THE STARTING FIVE
• With a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament assured, the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team closes out a three-game stretch of home tilts by welcoming Incarnate Word to William R. Johnson Coliseum for the third time in as many seasons for a 7 p.m. tip off on Monday night. The 'Jacks will put the nation's fourth-longest home winning streak (26 games) on the line when facing the third-place Cardinals and all the action can be seen nationwide on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Seated in his usual spot at mid-court, Rob Meyers will be handling the play-by-play and analysis responsibilities and his call of the SLC showdown is also accessible on Q107.7 on the FM dial in Nacogdoches as well as online at q1077.com.
• Since a setback on the road to UAB on December 29, 2015, the 'Jacks have not experienced a loss. SFA's 11-straight wins since 2016 commenced is tied with UNC Wilmington for the third-longest active streak in the nation and for the 11th-longest winning streak in program history. Five other SFA squads notched 11 consecutive wins.
• There isn't a single team in NCAA Division I men's basketball that owns a better home court winning percentage since the 2012-13 season than the Lumberjacks. Since the freshman years of Trey Pinkney and Thomas Walkup, the 'Jacks are 56-1 at home which works out to a .982 winning percentage. Below are the nation's top five home court winning percentages since 2012-13:
1. Stephen F. Austin • .982 • 56-1
2. Kansas • .955 • 63-3
3. Wichita State • .951 • 58-3
4. Kentucky • .942 • 65-4
5. South Dakota State • .940 • 47-3
• In their final year of reclassification from the NCAA Division II level, Incarnate Word comes into Nacogdoches as winners of eight of its last 10 tilts. Two of their three SLC setbacks have occurred on the road and they are the only conference squad besides SFA to have defeated second-place Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this season (70-65 on 2/2/16).
• By way of a 70-58 win over the Islanders in front of over 6,000 spectators last Saturday night, head coach Brad Underwood notched his 79th win at SFA and moved up to sixth all-time on SFA's all-time coaching wins list. He surpassed Ned Fowler, who was the 'Jacks head man from 1990-96.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
• Led by Preseason All-SLC Second Team member in senior Kyle Hittle, the Cardinals roll into William R. Johnson Coliseum aiming to secure their first-ever win over the Lumberjacks. The Cardinals are surpassing expectations this season, too, as they currently sit in third place in the 13-team Southland Conference. When the preseason polls were released, UIW was anticipated to finish in sixth places in the coaches poll and in fifth place in the sports information directors poll.
• Possessing the third-smallest roster in terms of total manpower (12 players) in the Southland Conference, UIW boasts four players who are averaging at least 10.1 points per game. Hittle (15.0 ppg) tops that list while Jontrell Walker (12.5 ppg), Derail Green (12.1 ppg) and Mitchell Badillo (10.1 ppg) have proven themselves as quality scoring options, too.
• All but one of the Cardinals' 11 Southland Conference results this season have been decided by nine or fewer points. The lone exception to that was when UIW bested Northwestern State 70-56 in San Antonio on January 9. UIW three league setbacks have come by a combined 18 points with two of them occuring on the road to institutions in the state of Louisiana.
• Directing the vast majority of on-court operations for the Cardinals is Mitchell Badillo, who ranks third among all Southland Conference student-athletes in terms of assists (4.9 per game) and steals (two per game. His three-point field goal percentage of 41.9 (26-of-62) is the fourth-highest among SLC players.
REVIEWING SFA vs. TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
• Twenty-four hours before the one-year anniversary of Brad Underwood's only Southland Conference loss as Stephen F. Austin's head coach, Demetrious Floyd's hot touch from downtown yielded 22 points for the senior and helped the 'Jacks obtain a 70-58 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a battle of the league's top two teams.
• Floyd drilled six downtown shots in the heated battle, tying a career high in the process. Those six makes hiked his career total of made three-pointers to 117 which is tied for sixth all-time in SFA's NCAA Division I history.
• Despite crossing the finish line with a -12 disadvantage in the rebounding department, SFA's defense held tough and took away two of the Islanders' main weapons. TAMUCC was successful on just three of its 13 three-point field goal tries (23.1-percent) and was held to just a pair of fast break points.
• Ty Charles was the only other SFA player to reach double-digit scoring territory as the sophomore notched 10 points off the bench. The Kennedale, Texas, product passed out a team-high four assists and hit six of his seven tries at the free throw line.
• Senior Clide Geffrard saw his streak of 15 straight games with at least 10 points come to an end on Saturday night. The Pompano Beach, Fla., product notched eighrt markers on 3-of-8 shooting, but lassoed a team-high seven of the 'Jacks 22 rebounds. Thomas Walkup was also limited to just nine points, but extended his streak of consecutive free throws made to 25.
USE YOUR INSIDE VOICES
• There has been a bit of a power outage from three-point land as of late for the 'Jacks, but that hasn't shut out the lights on their winning ways. Over the past three games, SFA is shooting just 25-percent (13-of-52) from downtown, but it making up for that deficiency with a strong surge of inside scoring. Of their 221 points scored in the last three outings, 116 of them - or 52.5-percent - have come in the paint.
THE MARGIN ISN'T AN ERROR
• There isn't another NCAA Division I men's basketball team that possesses a higher in-conference scoring differential than the 'Jacks. SFA is defeating league foes by an average of 19.0 points per game. Stony Brook, out of the America East Conference, has the next highest in-league scoring differential at +18.2 followed by Wichita State (+17.3).
• No matter where the 'Jacks have found themselves doing battle against Southland Conference opponents in the Brad Underwood coaching era - at home or on the road - the result has been an SFA win all but once. In road games against SLC adversaries, the 'Jacks are 21-1 in that span their conference road winning percentage (.955) is higher that the home winning percentage of every other Southland Conference team.
• In Southland Conference games only, the Lumberjacks are first in 12 of the 21 statistical categories kept by the 13-team conference. SFA ranks first or second in almost two-thirds (13/21) of the total categories. For a full listing, see page five of SFA's game notes.
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.
• 26 - 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 26-straight games which is the fourth-longest home court winning streak in the nation.
• 23.3 - Through the course of that 26-game home court winning streak, the 'Jacks have outscored their opponents by 606 points and their margin of victory has been by an average of 23.3 points.
• SFA has won 18 consecutive Southland Conference games which stands as the fourth-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 19 - the fourth-longest streak in conference history. Those 15-straight SLC triumphs also stand as the second-longest active conference winning streak in the nation behind Texas Southern (20, SWAC).
• 36 - In recent memory, Southland Conference foes have not fared well in William R. Johnson Coliseum to say the least. SFA has defeated the last 36 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.
ALL THEY DO IS WIN
• The only two seniors on SFA's roster who have spent all four years in purple and white,Thomas Walkup and Trey Pinkney have been responsible for their fair share of wins throughout their careers. Each member of the pair has 106 wins in their collegiate careers, two fewer than former Lumberjack star Jake Parker who collected a program-record 108 during his career. They join Parker as the only players to ever notch 100 or more wins as a Lumberjack.
CHARLES IN CHARGE
• There are only four players - Thomas Walkup being one of them - who own a better FG% in SLC games than sophomore Ty Charles. He's shooting .600 in league tilts and bringing 10.4 points per game to the table. SFA boasts four players who average better than 10 points per game in SLC action.
IN DA CLUB
• By way of his 30 points on Monday night against Northwestern State, SFA senior Thomas Walkup entered an exclusive club as just one of three players in SFA's NCAA Division I history who have amassed 1,500 points and 500 rebounds in their careers. Walkup became the program's all-time field goal leader in that game, too, and has 568 shots to his credit and the senior also moved up to second on the 'Jacks NCAA Division I career scoring chart.
LET'S GEAUX TO THIBODAUX