NATCHITOCHES, La. -- James Hulbin scored 19 points and Northwestern State closed out the game with 11 unanswered points to rally past Stephen F. Austin 61-57 Saturday in a contest pitting the nation's top offense against its top defense.
The Demons (12-6, 6-2 Southland Conference) came in averaging 85 points per game while the Lumberjacks were allowing only 49.4 points. The loss snapped Stephen F. Austin's 11-game winning streak, the second-longest in the country.
The game featured eight ties and 15 lead changes. The Lumberjacks (16-2, 7-1), who were 16-0 this season when leading with five minutes left, had a 57-50 advantage with 4:04 remaining, but would not score again as Northwestern State made 4 of 8 field goals.
Northwestern State, which posted its lowest winning score this season, forced 22 turnovers.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|