Northwestern State Demons (17-14)
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W 84-71
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W 119-102
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W 88-82
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Stephen F. Austin tops Northwestern State 85-78

KATY, Texas (AP) 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.

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Leaders
Points: J. West19.4
Rebounds: D. Hicks7.3
Assists: J. West6.4
FG%: Z. Woodley61.7%
FT%: J. West87.6%
3P%: J. West40.9%
Steals: J. West2.5
Blocks: M. Frazier Jr.2.1
Southland Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Stephen F. Austin 18-0 32-3
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 14-4 18-16
Sam Houston State 13-5 24-11
Northwestern State 12-6 17-14
Incarnate Word 9-5 21-6
Oral Roberts 10-8 17-16
Nicholls 10-8 14-15
McNeese State 9-9 11-20
New Orleans 8-10 11-15
Southeastern Louisiana 7-11 12-18
Central Arkansas 5-13 8-21
Lamar 3-15 4-26
Abilene Christian 2-12 11-20
Houston Baptist 2-16 6-25
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 86.6 (2)
Rebounds: 12.7 (48)
Assists: 16.5 (8)
FG%: 47.0% (41)
FT%: 74.1% (38)
3P%: 33.4% (223)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 83.8 (351)
Rebounds: 25.5 (62)
Assists: 16.1 (346)
FG%: 45.4% (263)
FT%: 67.1% (47)
3P%: 34.8% (203)
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Florida36-3
2 Wichita State35-1
3 Virginia30-7
4 Arizona33-5
5 Louisville31-6
6 Villanova29-5
7 Michigan28-9
8 Duke26-9
9 Iowa State28-8
10 Kansas25-10
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut32-8
2 Kentucky29-11
3 Florida36-3
4 Wisconsin30-8
5 Arizona33-5
6 Michigan28-9
7 Wichita State35-1
8 Michigan State29-9
9 Louisville31-6
10 Virginia30-7
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