CENT ARKANSAS-NORTHWESTERN ST
Northwestern St. powers past Cen. Arkansas 119-102
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - Jalan West pumped in 26 points and Zikiteran Woodley added 24 more to lead Northwestern State to a 119-102 win over Central Arkansas on Thursday night.
Northwestern State retook the lead on a pair of Patrick Robinson free throws that made it 53-52 early in the second half and never trailed again. It was the Demons' third-highest point total against a Division-1 opponent this season.
Both teams shot hot from the field - 40 of 67 for the Demons and 42 of 77 for Central Arkansas. The difference came at the free throw line, with Northwestern State scoring nearly three times as many points on 29-of-40 shooting.
DeQuan Hicks contributed 12 points and six assists for Northwestern State, which has won three in a row.
LaQuentin Miles led four Bears players in double digits with 34 points and 12 rebounds.
Arkansas St. beats Louisiana-Monroe 64-58
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Melvin Johnson III scored 17 points Thursday night as Arkansas State overcame a poor shooting performance to beat Louisiana-Monroe 64-58.
Kendrick Washington added 12 points and nine rebounds for Arkansas State, which moved into a third-place tie with Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt Conference with one game remaining.
The Red Wolves took a 33-20 lead into halftime, but shot just 33 percent in the second half as Louisiana-Monroe crept back into the game.
After shooting just 37 percent in the first half, ULM made seven of its first 13 field goals during a 15-4 run to open the second half to pull within two, 37-35.
Nick Coppola's 3 with 3:59 seconds left tied the game at 47, but Arkansas State answered with a 7-0 run and made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Cardinals-Twins rained out
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins scheduled for Thursday was rained out.
The game was called off before it started.
Ricky Nolasco was set to start for the Twins. With rain in the forecast, he pitched a simulated game instead.
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