NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)
FAST BREAK POINTS
• In order to continue its climb up the league standings, the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball is forced to put its 42-game Southland Conference home winning streak on the line when it welcome league-leading New Orleans to the confines of William R. Johnson Coliseum for a 6:00 p.m. showdown on Saturday night. Each and every second of the tilt will be broadcast nationwide on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
• Over the radio waves, fans came tune their FM dials to Q107.7 in the Nacogdoches area or head to q1077.com or the TuneIn app on Apple and Android devices to hear Meyers' and DePascal's call of the game.
• New Orleans is one of two current Southland Conference teams that the `Jacks have never lost to. Since the series started in the Big Easy in 2014, SFA has gone 3-0 against the Privateers with 29.7 points serving as the average margin of victory.
• The last time a team other than Stephen F. Austin came into William R. Johnson armed with sole possession of the top spot in the Southland Conference standings was on Feb. 15, 2012, when UT Arlington entered the facility. By the time that tilt was in the books, the Mavericks had ran their league record to 12-0 by capturing a 51-47 win against the `Jacks. Since that game, SFA has not lost a Southland Conference game in William R. Johnson Coliseum.
• The most recent battle of Southland Conference frontrunners in William R. Johnson Coliseum transpired on March 2, 2013. In that tilt, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin boasted identical 13-2 Southland Conference records and were in a tie for first place in the league standings when they collided. Once the final buzzer sounded, the `Jacks took sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference with a 64-63 win over the Demons.
SCOUTING NEW ORLEANS | SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATISTICS
• One - that is to say first place - is the spot the Privateers currently occupy in the Southland Conference standings. UNO is one game ahead of second-place Sam Houston State with its 7-1 showing in league play thus far. That start is the Privateers' best in conference play since 1992-93 when the squad won its first eight league tilts in the Sun Belt Conference en route to an eventual 18-0 Sun Belt record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
• One of the biggest reasons behind one of the Privateers' best conference starts in program history has been the play of Erik Thomas. The senior leads the 13-team Southland Conference in both scoring (19.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (.605). Thomas' game is not limited to offense, as his 7.8 rebounds per game lead UNO and rank fourth among all Southland Conference players.
• Even though they haven't relied heavily on the three-pointer to charge up their offensive numbers this season, that hasn't prevented the Privateers from being one of the nation's best at preventing the long ball on the defensive end of the floor. UNO leads the Southland Conference and ranks 23rd among all NCAA Division I men's basketball teams in three-point field goal defense, limiting opponents to shooting clip of just 30.6-percent from beyond the arc. Offensively, the Privateers are putting in deep balls at a rate of 4.3 per game - a figure that ranks 11th in the Southland and 345th out of 351 NCAA Division I men's basketball squads.
• Offensively, there isn't a team in the Southland Conference that puts the ball in the basket at a higher percentage than New Orleans. The Privateers' 47.6-percent team field goal percentage lead the 13-team league and stands as the 48th-best in all of DI men's basketball this season.
• Ball movement has been a key piece of the Privateers' offensive attack this season. One of the reasons why UNO sits atop the Southland Conference standings is due to its passing. That has led to a league-leading average of 16.5 assists per game among the Privateers' ranks. The aforementioned average is the 37th-best in all of NCAA Division I men's basketball in 2016-17.
• Heading into Saturday night's showdown with the Lumberjacks, UNO is the only team in the Southland Conference that has yet to suffer a road setback in league play. The Privateers are 3-0 in Southland Conference road games which matches their total number of Southland Conference road wins from the last two seasons combined.
• Selfless play has reigned for the Privateers, as there is not solely one individual who takes care of getting teammates open looks. UNO is the only team in the Southland Conference that has three players averaging three or more assists per game and topping that threesome is Travin Thibodeaux who passes out helpers at a team-leading clip of 3.6 per game. Christavious Gill (3.2/game) and Tevin Broyles (3.0/game) round out the triumverate of individuals who are responsible for putting up the balanced assist numbers.
LAST TIME vs. NEW ORLEANS | SFA 82, New Orleans 58 | Box Score + Recap
• Senior Demetrious Floyd caught fire from three-point land, pummeling the Privateers with six long-range hits en route to a career-high 32 points in the `Jacks' 82-58 Southland Conference victory in the Big Easy.
• Of the 32 points that Floyd pumped in, 21 of them came in the second half. That allowed the senior to outscore New Orleans on his own through the final 20 minutes of action as the Privateers notched just 17 points in that span.
• During a stretch of 9:54 in the second half, the `Jacks did not allow New Orleans to put in a single field goal. In that time period, the Privateers scored just three points at the free throw line.
• Thomas Walkup (19), Clide Geffrard (12) and Jared Johnson (10) rounded out SFA's quartet of double-digit point getters.
LAST TIME OUT
• The two free throws junior Ty Charles hit with less than two seconds remaining proved to be some of SFA's most needed points as the `Jacks collected a 78-76 Southland Conference win over Central Arkansas inside William R. Johnson Coliseum on Wednesday night.
• Charles shot only 30-percent (3-of-10) from the field, but hauled down the last of his four rebounds after UCA's Thatch Unruh misfired on a second game-tying three-point attempt in the game's final 15 seconds. Following Charles' pair of makes at the free throw line, the Bears' Jordan Howard capped his 25-point night by sinking a half-court shot at the buzzer to account for the game's final margin.
• With the win, the `Jacks' all-time record against Central Arkansas remains perfect. SFA hiked its mark against the Bears to 15-0 and the `Jacks' two-point margin of victory stands as their slimmest in the all-time series. Of the 15 games played between the two programs, just four have been decided by single digits.
• Electing to let it fly from long range, the `Jacks' attempted a season-high 30 three-pointers in their 42nd-straight Southland Conference home victory. Those 30 long-range tries were the most in a game by the `Jacks since Dec. 22, 2015, when they hoisted up an equal amount in an 80-73 setback at Pac-12 foe Arizona State.
• Central Arkansas fired at a rate of 58.8-percent from three-point range. That stands as the best three-point field goal percentage by and SFA opponent this season and marks the first time since Dec. 29, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015 that consecutive opponents of the `Jacks have connected on 50-percent or more of their downtown tries. Incarnate Word drilled 55.6-percent of its attempts from three-point range last Saturday night in San Antonio.
• For the fourth time in his career, sophomore TJ Holyfield recorded a double-double, spring for a team-best 19 points as well as a game-high 12 rebounds in the win. All four of the Albuquerque, N.M., product's double-doubles have come in the 2016-17 season which gives him an average of one every five games.
• By the time the first half was in the books, junior Isaiah Traylor has already tied his career high in scoring. One the game was over, he has established a new one, finishing with 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field. The Tupelo, Miss., product matched career-best outputs in both three-pointers made (four) and three-pointers attempted (eight)
• The `Jacks posted their second rebounding margin of +20 or more against an opponent in the 2016-17 season by grabbing 43 rebounds compared to just 23 by the Bears. By himself, Holyfield's 12 rebounds represented 52.2-percent of UCA's team total. On the offensive glass, UCA recorded only two rebounds and by themselves Holyfield (eight offensive rebounds), Leon Gilmore III (five offensive rebounds), Kevon Harris (three offensive rebounds) and Ty Charles (two offensive rebounds) either equaled or surpassed the Bears' team total in that department.
• Six of the `Jacks 13 assists came courtesy of senior Dallas Cameron who also finished with seven points, two rebounds and two steals. Cameron's six assists represented a season-high for the Pompano Beach, Fla., product and marked the third time this season the senior has passed out five or more assists in a game.
• For the second time in a span of five days, Gilmore III wrapped up his night one rebound shy of a double-double. The Houston, Texas product finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in the `Jacks' win. It was his layup with 6:02 remaining in the first half that served as the starting point of a 12-3 SFA run to put the home team ahead for the rest of the game.
• SFA established a new season high by attempting 66 field goals in its fifth-straight home win. Those 66 tries against the Bears signify the first time the `Jacks attempted 65 or more shots since March 11, 2016, when the squad fired up 70 in its 104-68 Southland Conference Tournament semifinal triumph over Houston Baptist in Katy, Texas.
• As a result of SFA's superior rebounding capabilities, the `Jacks enjoyed a massive edge in second-chance points. The `Jacks racked up 22 second-chance points and limited Central Arkansas to none. That +22 edge for SFA in that particular statistical category represents a season-high and it marked the lowest second-chance point total by an SFA opponent since Dec. 6, 2015, when the `Jacks held Henderson State to just one such point.
• Below is a full breakdown of where Stephen F. Austin's points came from in their Southland Conference victory over Central Arkansas:
Two-pointers | 51.2% (40-78)
Three-pointers | 30.8% (24-78)
Free throws | 17.9% (14-78)
Points in the paint | 46.2% (36-78)
Points off turnovers | 29.5% (23-78)
Second chance points | 28.2% (22-78)
Starters points | 61.5% (48-78)
Bench Points | 38.5% (30-78)
CLOSING IN ON THE CENTURY MARK
• On Saturday night, senior Dallas Cameron will take aim at becoming the fifth individual in the history of the Lumberjacks' men's basketball program to reach 100 wins in a career.
• In all, Cameron has posted a record of 99-24 (.805 winning percentage) through his collegiate basketball career. He is hoping to join former Lumberjack greats Desmond Haymon, Jacob Parker, Trey Pinkney and Thomas Walkup on that exclusive 100-win list.
• No man on the `Jacks' roster possesses more on-court experience than Cameron, and the Pompano Beach, Fla., product has been looked to in order to provide leadership to a team that is still finding its footing.
• The only two seniors in college basketball who have bettered Cameron's career in-conference winning percentage are John Robert Simon and Zach Bush at Wichita State. Cameron has won 93.5-percent of the conference games he has played in throughout his career (58-4) which is the second-best in-conference winning percentage by any current four-year senior in all of NCAA Division I men's basketball. Cameron is one of only four four-year seniors in NCAA Division I men's basketball who has never lost a conference home game, too, joining Kansas trip Frank Mason III, Tyler Self and Landen Lucas as the only individuals in the nation who hold that distinction.
JANUARY IN JOHNSON
• For the past half-decade, Nacogdoches, Texas, has been a destination no opponent has been all that eager to journey to in the month of January.
• Dating back to a 67-66 victory over Sam Houston State on January 25, 2012, the `Jacks have not lost a January game in their home facility in over five years.
• With SFA's 78-76 victory over Central Arkansas on Wednesday, it upped SFA's streak of consecutive January home wins to 19. The last time the `Jacks lost a game in William R. Johnson Coliseum in the month of January was back on Jan. 14, 2012, when UTSA emerged as the victors by a 59-52 tally.
• The `Jacks have out-rebounded 15 of their 20 opponents in 2016-17.
• SFA leads the Southland Conference in both rebounding margin (+5.4) and rebounding defense (29.3). In Southland Conference games, SFA's rebounding margin stands at +8.2 - the league's best.
COMING UP NEXT
• The two teams that racked up the greatest number of votes in the 2016 Southland Conference Preseason polls will collide in Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas, when the `Jacks take on Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night.