The UNO men’s basketball team lost its fourth straight game in Southland Conference play, an 82-58 defeat to Stephen F. Austin on Monday night at Lakefront Arena.
The Lumberjacks (12-5, 5-0) had four players score in double figures, and Demetrious Floyd spearheaded the attack with a career-high 32 points on 13-of-16 shooting.
“(Floyd) is one of those guys that, if he gets a few good looks, he can fill it up in a hurry,” Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood said. “I was really proud of our team because we had to fight through a lot of foul adversity.”
The two-time defending Southland champions jumped on the Privateers (5-11, 1-4) from the opening tip with their fast-paced offense, putting UNO in a 14-2 hole less than five minutes into the game.
The Lumberjacks, who were averaging 89.2 points in Southland play coming into Monday, shot 67 percent from the field in the first half and had their lead as large as 44-25 at one point.
UNO got things going at the end of the first half and went on an 11-3 run, ending with Nate Frye’s 3-pointer that cut the Privateers’ deficit to single digits for the first time since the 16:12 mark and made the score 49-41 going into halftime.
Kevin Hill led the Privateers on the night with 12 points and seven rebounds.
“They got off to an incredible start in the first half,” UNO coach Mark Slessinger said. “We came back with a great run to end the half, but we didn’t do a good job staying aggressive.”
Despite letting UNO back in the game at the end of the first half, SFA put things away early in the second, outscoring the Privateers 21-9 in the first 10 minutes. Floyd’s jumper increased the Lumberjacks’ lead to 68-47.
The Privateers shot 25 percent from the field in the second half and were held to 17 points, their lowest scoring half of the season.
“The second half, we just came out and got unaggressive against the zone,” Slessinger said. “We got passive, weren’t attacking and it led them into them being able to take the shot down and force us into some bad and quick shots.”