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Northwestern State (17-13) vs. Stephen F. Austin (29-2)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 14, 6 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Leonard E. Merrell Center (5,600) -- Katy, Texas. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: NSU 10-3, SFA 15-0. Away Record: NSU 6-10, SFA 14-2. Neutral Record: NSU 1-0, SFA 0-0. Conference Record: NSU 12-6, SFA 18-0. Series Record: Northwestern State leads, 62-54.

GAME NOTES: In the first of the Southland Conference Tournament semifinal matchups, the top-seeded Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks do battle with the fourth-seeded Northwestern State Demons.

SFA may not be getting the same type of attention that Wichita State and Florida have, but the Lumberjacks pulled off a similar trick this season, going a perfect 18-0 in conference play. They have also been stellar outside of the league, with wins in 26 straight games overall and logging a record of 29-2. If they can win this contest and the next, it would give them their first Southland title since 2009, when they were also the top seed.

While the Lumberjacks had a bye through the first two rounds, the Demons only skipped the first. They were in action on Thursday in the quarterfinals when they easily got past Nicholls, 88-72. The win was their fourth straight overall and pushed them to 17-13 on the year.

Stephen F. Austin swept the season series with Northwestern State. However, the Demons nearly upset the Lumberjacks on Feb. 22, falling 70-68, and they lead the all-time series, 62-54. The winner of this one advances to the Southland title tilt against either Texas A&M-Corpus Christi or Sam Houston State

DeQuan Hicks posted a double-double consisting of 21 points and 10 rebounds for Northwestern State, leading five players in double figures in the win over Nicholls. The Demons secured 19 offensive rebounds and scored as many second- chance points in the win.

There is no denying that Northwestern State can put points on the board. The Demons are second in the country in scoring (86 ppg), while leading the Southland in assists (16.6 apg). They are also sinking a solid 46.5 percent from the floor. However, when it comes to defense, they fall flat, allowing a whopping 84.8 ppg on 46 percent shooting. Jalan West (18.7 ppg) headlines the impressive offensive attack, leading the way in both scoring and assists (6.6 apg). Hicks (14.9 ppg) is also a strong scorer, and Zikiteran Woodley (13.9 ppg) and Brison White (13.8 ppg) provide depth.

The Lumberjacks put a stamp on their perfect league ledger with an 85-61 rout of Central Arkansas in the regular-season finale. Thomas Walkup tallied 24 points and Desmond Haymon added 20 for the victories, who shot 47.5 percent from the floor and 21-of-27 at the charity stripe.

The defensive end of the court is where the Lumberjacks have been most effective this season. They are allowing only 62.6 ppg, despite foes shooting 45.3 percent from the floor. The key is their ability to get into passing lanes, as they are 14th in the country in assists allowed (9.8 apg). Jacob Parker (14.5 ppg) leads a group of four double-digit scorers, and he comes up with 7.1 rpg and 1.4 spg as well. Haymon (14.2 ppg) and Walkup (12.9 ppg) are also strong scorers, while Deshaunt Walker (11.9 ppg) adds spark off the bench.

Stephen F. Austin will be plenty rested for this contest and will advance rather easily.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stephen F. Austin 77, Northwestern State 65

03/14 10:34:25 ET

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Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
10th
CWS 5
TOR 3
 
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
 
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
 
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
8th
SFG 2
MIL 1
 
2nd
DET 0
OAK 0
 
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR