Northwestern State vs Sam Houston State

Sam Houston St holds off Northwestern St 67-64

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) Terrance Motley scored 19 points and James Thomas had 10 with 11 rebounds to help Sam Houston State hold off Northwestern State 67-64 Thursday night.

The Bearkats (18-6, 10-2 Southland Conference) led by 16 early in the second half as Jabari Peters hit two 3-pointers.

Northwestern State (11-12, 7-5) surged back late as a Patrick Robinson steal led to three Jalan West free throws with 3 seconds left. Paul Baxter split a pair of free throws, and Zikiteran Woodley's 40-foot heave at the buzzer couldn't find the net.

SHSU shot just 35 percent from the field, but outrebounded Northwestern State 49-39. The win for the Bearkats sets up a showdown with Southland-leading Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.

The Demons shot 35.9 percent and were 3 of 16 beyond the arc. West finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Brison White added 19 points and DeQuan Hicks had 16.

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Northwestern State (11-12)224264
Sam Houston State (18-6) «343367

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Southland
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Nicholls St.6-112-8216
SF Austin5-116-3125
Sam Houston5-111-8244
SE Louisiana5-111-8181
New Orleans5-28-10184
Abil Chr.4-312-8246
C. Arkansas4-310-10266
Lamar3-311-8276
McNeese St.3-36-10301
Texas A&M-CC1-54-12347
Incarn Word0-65-11338
Hou. Baptist0-64-15336
Nwestern St.0-63-14330
 
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BUTL 63
NW 70 Final
MIST 85
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RUT 0
LOU 0 PPD
TEMP 0
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