NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)
FAST BREAK POINTS
• In its final home action during the month of November, the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team (1-1) prepares to do battle with an institution from the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association when Northeastern State (0-3) tangles with the ‘Jacks in William R. Johnson Coliseum.
• On the line for the ‘Jacks against their NCAA Division II opponent is a chance to produce the second William R. Johnson Coliseum winning streak of 30 or more games in program history. Currently, SFA has captured 29 straight wins on its home floor
• Of the five games SFA has played against opponents from the MIAA, the ‘Jacks have only won one of them. This is the first matchup between Stephen F. Austin and an MIAA school since SFA went toe-to-toe with Central Oklahoma on Dec. 15, 1990. SFA’s only win against an MIAA program came on Jan. 7, 1986, when the ‘Jacks laid claim to an 88-55 win over Southwest Baptist on the floor of the William R. Johnson Coliseum.
• Friday night’s game is the first for the ‘Jacks against a school from the state of Oklahoma since March 6, 2014. That day, SFA bested then-Southland Conference member Oral Roberts 83-72 in Nacogdoches.
• Though the sample size is somewhat small, sophomore TJ Holyfield leads the Southland Conference in three-point field goal shooting early this season. Holyfield has made good on 80-percent (4-for-5) of his long range attempts.
• Throughout the nation, there are 50 NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches who made their coaching debut for a new program in 2016-17. Kyle Keller is one of these individuals and one of a group of 29 out of the 50 aforementioned men who are in their first season as an NCAA Division I head coach. Keller’s 66-60 win over Longwood represented his first head coaching win in the NCAA Division I ranks, and was the fifth-smallest margin of victory in a first win for all head coaches in the history of Stephen F. Austin.
• In the second game of the 1942-43 season, Stephen F. Austin head man Stan McKewen recorded a 40-39 win at Southwest Texas State, marking the smallest margin of victory for an SFA coach in their first win in the 92-year history of the program. Marshall Brown, Danny Kaspar and Mike Martin each won their first games as the head coach of Stephen F. Austin by five or fewer points. Brown and Kaspar rank first and second in program history in terms of total wins.
LAST TIME OUT
• Kyle Keller won his first game as the head coach of the Lumberjacks and SFA extended its home court winning streak to 29 games with a 66-60 victory over Longwood in the third meeting between the two teams.
• Sophomore TJ Holyfield starred for the ‘Jacks, netting the first double-double of his career by putting in a career-high 21 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds. Holyfield’s double-double was the first by an SFA player since Thomas Walkup scored 12 and added 15 rebounds in a win at Incarnate Word on Feb. 25, 2016.
• Senior Dallas Cameron added 12 points in his second-straight start. The Pompano Beach, Fla., product put forth his first double-digit scoring effort since netting 10 at Sam Houston State in the ‘Jacks’ 2015-16 regular season finale on March 5, 2016.
• During the final 2:02, Stephen F. Austin went on an 11-3 run to clinch the game. At the time, Longwood was up by two but sophomore Nathan Bain scored five of his seven points during that surge to help the ‘Jacks go up. His tip-in with 1:06 to go put Stephen F. Austin ahead for good and SFA hit seven of its eight free throw attempts in the final minute to stave off the Lancers.
• For the third-straight season, the ‘Jacks were a part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The only change in this clash was that SFA emerged as the winners. In each of their two previous appearances in the 24-hour basketball binge, the ‘Jacks came up short against Northern Iowa on ESPN2. SFA’s all-time record on ESPN2 improves to 1-3 with the win.
• Freshman Aaron Augustin received his first promotion to the starting lineup and responded by dishing out a game and career-high five assists. Augustin’s assist total represented exactly one-half of SFA’s assists in the non-conference win.
• Stephen F. Austin improved to 3-0 all-time against Longwood with the win and moves to 6-1 all-time against opponents from the Big South Conference.
• By picking up their 29th-straight home victory, the ‘Jacks still possess the nation’s fourth-longest home court winning streak. One more win in William R. Johnson Coliseum will put SFA in a tie with South Dakota State for the third-longest active home court winning streak at 30 straight games. Only Kentucky (39 games) and Kansas (42 games) have longer home court winning streaks.
• For the second time in as many games, the ‘Jacks out-rebounded their opponent. SFA finished with a +12 advantage on the boards which included a +10 edge on the offensive glass.
• Holyfield and Cameron combined to produce five of the ‘Jacks seven three-point field goals in the win. SFA’s three-point field goal percentage of 46.7 was the highest by the team since hitting 13 of 24 (54.2-percent) in a 40-point road win over Northwestern State on March 3, 2016.
• In home openers, the ‘Jacks now possess a 75-17 (.815) record in their 91+ year program history. Stephen F. Austin has win 16 of its last 17 home openers.
• Leon Gilmore III threw down a two-handed dunk off of an inbounds pass in the second half for his third slam of the season. The junior out of Houston, Texas, has tossed down all three of SFA’s dunks this season.
• Longwood attempted only nine free throws in the game. That’s the lowest number of freebie attempts since the ‘Jacks limited Central Arkansas to just seven tries from that distance back on Jan. 12, 2016.
• Over one-third of the ‘Jacks’ point total came off of Longwood turnovers. SFA amassed 24 points off of 22 throwaways committed by the Lancers.
COMING UP NEXT
• A 10-day stretch will pass by before the ‘Jacks take part in their next game. On Monday, Nov. 28, Stephen F. Austin heads to Monroe, La., for a 7:00 p.m. showdown against Sun Belt Conference adversary Louisiana-Monroe.