THIBODAUX, La. -- Brison White scored 15 points off the bench as Northwestern State overcame a 13-point, second-half deficit and defeated Nicholls State 84-79 Saturday.
The win gives Northwestern State (18-6, 12-2 Southland Conference) its first eight-game winning streak since 2005-06. With Stephen F. Austin's loss to Southeastern Louisiana, the Demons jumped into a tie for first place.
Northwestern State trailed 36-27 at halftime and 49-36 with 14:58 to play. The Demons went on a 17-4 run and trailed 53-52 with 8:03 remaining, then took the lead on Gary Stewart's layup for a 64-63 edge at 5:14.
Nicholls State (6-17, 5-8) tied the game three times in the remaining minutes, including twice via 3-pointers from Linden Smith-Hyde.
Northwestern State's Jalan West snapped the final tie with a layup with 1:19 left for a decisive 78-76 advantage.
Mike Krzyzewski says he has good reason to be excited for next season thanks to a combination of Duke's incoming freshmen and a core of experienced upperclassmen.
Georgia guard Juwan Parker has been awarded a medical redshirt, leaving him with two years of eligibility, after missing the 2015-16 season with a partially torn Achilles tendon.
Forward Trevon Bluiett has withdrawn from consideration from the NBA draft and will return to Xavier for his junior season.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|