NATCHITOCHES -- Senior guard Shamir Davis matched his season high with 24 points in his final Prather Coliseum appearances while freshman point guard Jalan West had 11 points, 12 assists and no turnovers to trigger Northwestern State's 84-73 Southland Conference win over Sam Houston State as Demons' coach Mike McConathy became Louisiana's career collegiate coaching wins leader.
The victory by the Demons (21-8 overall, 15-3 in the Southland) gave McConathy his 573rd in 30 years, the last 14 at NSU (221 wins) after 16 (with 352 wins) at Bossier Parish Community College in his hometown of Bossier City. He passed Grambling legend Fred Hobdy, a Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member who won 572 contests in 30 seasons before retiring in 1986.
The win came as Northwestern staged its Demon Basketball Centennial Celebration, with lettermen and the 100-man All-Century Team, along with 21 honorary captains, introduced during timeouts in the game.
McConathy's milestone was commemorated moments after the final buzzer as NSU athletic director Greg Burke unveiled a banner to be hung in the arena celebrating the record-setting triumph. Dozens of former players joined the current Demons on the court congratulating their coach.