The top two teams in the Southland conference will meet in the tournament championship game, as the No. 1 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the No. 2 Northwestern St. Demons held off underdogs in the semifinals.
Stephen F. Austin jumped out to a big lead in the first half, then cruised to defeat the No. 4 SE Louisiana Lions, 68-57. The Lumberjacks held a 14-point lead at halftime and kept the Lions from threatening during the second half. Antonio Bostic and Desmond Haymon led all scorers with 16 points each.
Northwestern State had a much more difficult time in the semis, but still beat the No. 6 Sam Houston St. Bearkats, 55-52. Northwestern State struggled on offense but played strong defense, holding Sam Houston State to 35 percent shooting from the floor. Marvin Fraizer and DeQuan Hicks each scored 11 for the Demons.
Stephen F. Austin will meet Northwestern State on Saturday in the Southland Conference tournament championship. The game will start at 8:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on ESPN2.
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