The Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team continue their nation-leading win streak with a 104-68 win over Houston Baptist in the semifinal game in the SLC Tournament in Katy.
"It was a hard fought first 8 to 10 minutes of the game," Coach Brad Underwood said. "They had six or seven Processions where they never passed, they just drove on us and once we got adjusted it was good." SFA took field goal attempts and made 33. "A big thing for us is field goal attempts,” Underwood said. We want to have more than our opponent. We had 19 more."
The Jacks were able to rest many starters. Trey Pinckney and Ty Charles tied with the most minutes played by SFA players at only 27 minutes. SLC player of the year Thomas Walkup got a nice rest tonight, only playing 20 minutes and scoring 23 points.
"With the guys coming off the bench and just wave after wave crashing the glass kind of really set the tone for the game," Walkup said.
Demetrius Floyd led all scorers with 30 points. "I knew we were playing HBU so I knew I was going to need a big night," Floyd said.
The game was close in the first half with the score 20-18 with 10 minutes left until half. SFA would hit the jets and would lead 52-31 at half and never look back. "This team has grown and matured," Underwood said. "Early in the year we did not do that. Our depth is better. We are 10 deep and I have confidence in those guys."
SFA is looking for its third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. "That killer instinct, It's something we pride ourselves on," Walkup. That is what our program is all about."
Stephen F. Austin has compiled a 7-5 record in the semifinal round of the Southland Conference Tournament in 19 all-time appearances.
This year's championship makes for the Lumberjack’s fourth consecutive SLC title, a first-ever milestone for the conference.
SFA is currently on a nation-leading 18-game win streak, and has won the Southland Conference crown in undefeated fashion two out of the last three years.
"It's what we talk about when we recruit them," Underwood said. "They have been working in the weight room since June 6. The culmination is this. That's what you grew up playing for in your back yard, moments like this."
SFA will play A&M Corpus Christi Commerce who knocked off Sam Houston State, 76-74, tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
In the latest edition of the AP Top 25 Poll, SFA received nine votes which works out to a spot as the No. 30-ranked team in all of DI men’s basketball.
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