Stephen F. Austin outlasts Lubbock Christian 78-67

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Stephen F. Austin State forward Taylor Smith shoots a layup over the heads of Lubbuck Christian defenders Jamaal Crayton, left, and Eli Baker during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Nacogdoches, Texas. (AP Photo/The Daily Sentinel, Andrew D. Brosig)


NACODOCHES, Texas (AP) — Desmond Haymond led a balanced scoring effort with 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and Stephen F. Austin defeated Lubbock Christian 78-67 on Saturday night.

Three other players scored in double figures for Stephen F. Austin (6-1) -- Taylor Smith had 16, Antonio Bostic had 12 and Jacob Parker had 11. Parker also had eight rebounds.

Anthony Brancato led Lubbock Christian (6-4) with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Jevvon Hunter chipped in with 11 points.

Stephen F. Austin had a 31-21 rebounding advantage and outscored Lubbock Christian 24-16 in the paint and had a 15-3 edge in second-chance points.

Hal Bateman dished out six assists to help the Stephen F. Austin cause.