Scores

Final

Northwestern St 78

(17-14, 12-6 Southland)

SF Austin 85

(30-2, 18-0 Southland)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    6:00 PM ET, March 14, 2014

    Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas

    1 2 T
    NWST 33 4578
    SFA 43 4285

    Top Performers

    Northwestern State: J. West 36 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Stephen F. Austin: D. Haymon 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Stephen F. Austin tops Northwestern State 85-78

    Associated Press

    KATY, Texas -- Desmond Haymon scored 27 points, DeShaunt Walker made a key steal in the final minute and top-seeded Stephen F. Austin was perfect at the line in the final seconds, keeping the ball away from upset-minded fourth-seed Northwestern State for an 85-78 victory in the Southland tournament semifinals Friday.

    The defending-champion Lumberjacks (30-2) roll into Saturday's title game on a 27-0 clip and will face third-seeded Sam Houston State (23-9), which knocked off No. 2 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 69-63 in the other semifinal on Friday.

    The Demons (17-14) had been left in the dust by a barrage of Lumberjacks 3-pointers in the first half -- Haymon and Walker (15 points) hit four each. But back-to-back 3-pointers by Jalen West capped a 14-2 run to regain the lead 68-65 -- their first in more than 21 minutes -- with 7:04 to play. West scored a career-high 36.

    The final minutes were a battle until Walker stole the ball from West with 54 seconds left and Haymon and Jacob Parker made four free throws.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NWST
    SFA
    Points 78 85
    FG Made-Attempted 24-55 (.436) 27-60 (.450)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-20 (.350) 12-29 (.414)
    FT Made-Attempted 23-29 (.793) 19-26 (.731)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 21 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

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