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Demons hold off Lions as White scores 20

Northwestern State won for the eighth time in 10 games, with Brison White's 20 points setting the pace, as the Demons shot 55 percent and held off Southeastern Louisiana 88-83 Thursday night in Southland Conference basketball.

The Demons (13-13 overall, 9-6 in the Southland) trailed 19-10 early, but rallied to lead 38-35 at halftime and never trailed again. White led five players in double figures: Zeek Woodley with 12, with 11 each by Jalan West and DeQuan Hicks, and 10 by Gary Stewart.

Northwestern hit 64 percent after halftime to offset 65 percent aim by the Lions (11-15, 6-9), who drained 11 of 23 from 3-point range and 16 of 20 free throws. Southeastern's Dre Evans scored a game-high 26, 18 on 6 of 11 aim behind the arc, while Julian Chiera hit 4 of 5 from distance in a 16-point night.

All of West's scoring came after halftime, including four in the final minute, a step-back 12-footer with 50 seconds to go and two free throws with 31 seconds left to rebuild six-point advantages each time. NSU didn't turn the ball over in the final four minutes as SLU had chewed a 17-point deficit down as close as three points.

It got that close twice, but each time the Demons answered immediately and the Lions never had the ball with a chance to tie.

"It was a really good place for us to be, in a close game late, and we didn't falter," said Demons coach Mike McConathy. "We made adjustments, we were able to get things done out of timeouts, and we won a tough road game against an extremely well-coached team."

The Demons owned a 37-24 rebounding advantage as Woodley had five and six Demons snatched four, including backup post player Ryan King and West, who had five assists and two steals.

"Early we didn't compete well, but Ryan King came off the bench and ignited us with his effort, and it caught fire," said McConathy. "Collectively we stepped up and did a lot of good things, and then showed some backbone down the stretch when the home team made a really good rally."

The Demons roared to a 68-51 advantage with 10:36 remaining with a 17-3 run, but the Lions answered with a 15-2 burst and the margin ranged between six and three points in the final 6:44.

White sank 9 of 15 shots, despite going 1 of 5 on 3-pointers, while posting his sixth career 20-point game.

SLU became only the third team in 10 games to top 74 points and the third to shoot better than 40 percent against Northwestern.

The Demons play their final regular-season road game, and end a string of five in a row, Saturday at 6:15 at New Orleans. The last two regular-season contests are at home in Prather Coliseum next Thursday against Central Arkansas and next Saturday afternoon against Oral Roberts, with NSU trying to complete season sweeps against those teams.

 

 

NSU climbs to sixth place with rout of Southeastern Louisiana

A complete, team win that included a stout defense in the first half and 24 assists for the game led the Northwestern State women's basketball team to a 73-58 win at Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference action at the University Center.

NSU (15-12, 8-7 SLC), that led by as many as 25 points in the game, held the Lady Lions to 21 percent (5-24) from the field in the first half alone and had 24 assists on 29 scores in the game. The Lady Lions fell to 8-18 on the season and 7-7 in conference play. The Lady Demons climbed into a tie for sixth place with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the league standings.

"It was very nice to see our guards come out and move the ball the way they did, and I thought our post players were very good at making the extra pass too," said co-head coach Scott Stoehr. "That is something that we have emphasized in practice.

Keisha Lee scored 21 and Janelle Perez had 17 points in the game. The two combined to go 14-for-25 from the field and 10-of-18 from 3-point range. Trudy Armstead had 15 points and led the Lady Demons with seven rebounds.

"In particular, I thought Keisha Lee did a good job. We've been on her over the last couple of weeks, and I thought she responded well tonight by taking good shots," said Stoehr.

"One of the things we emphasize with our players is turning down a good shot to get a great shot," he said. "Our numbers really backed that up tonight."

Kourtney Pennywell led the way with six assists followed by Perez who had five. Chelsea Rogers, Emily Spector, and Armstead all had three.

"The thing that stands out about Pennywell's line is that she had six assists and only two turnovers. That shows how well we moved the ball inside-out," said Stoehr. "She is an excellent passer and that is something that we've really come to appreciate about her. The fact that she has a positive assist-to-turnover ratio a post player shows that."

With the 24 assists, NSU only had 10 turnovers in the game. The Lady Demons forced SLU into 16 miscues and scored 18 points off of them.

As a team, Northwestern State shot 47 percent from the field (29-62) and 44 percent (11-25) from the 3-point line. The Lady Demons only made it to the free throw line six times and made four of their six tries. Southeastern was 15-for-21 at the charity stripe. The Lady Lions finished the game at 37 percent from the field (19-52) and 31 percent from 3-point range (5-16).

Pennywell had seven points in the game and Presley Owens had four. Beatrice Attura had three and Robin Richardson, Meredith Graf, and Emily Spector had two points. Rogers, who played with an illness on Thursday, played for 23 minutes and had three assists and no turnovers.

"She (Rogers) is one of our glue players as far as our toughness and communication," said Stoehr. "She's not going to go down without a fight. She is as tough as they come and did not feel well, but she gave us what she had. That's Chelsea."

The Lady Demons will play their final road game of the regular season on Saturday at 4:00 against New Orleans. The final two games of the season will be in Prather Coliseum against front-runner Central Arkansas on March 6 and Oral Roberts on March 8.

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