CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Jalen West scored 17 points off the bench, dished out five assists and Northwestern State beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 82-71 on Tuesday night for sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference.
Northwestern State (19-6, 13-2 Southland), which sits a half-game ahead of Stephen F. Austin in the conference, has won nine straight contests and used a big first half to put the Islanders away early, shooting 51.5 percent from the field while hitting seven 3-pointers and taking a 53-32 lead at halftime. The Demons used a 20-4 run in the first five minutes of the game.
Nate Maxey led the Islanders with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and pulled six rebounds. Joy Williamson had 14 points and six rebounds while Will Nelson had 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
DeAndre Ayton, No. 1 in the Class of 2017, and a few other top names took center stage at Nike EYBL Session 4.
Freshman Malik Newman will transfer from Mississippi State after averaging 11.3 points per game last season.
Illinois, led by Malcolm Hill, Leron Black and Mike Thorne, looks to return to the NCAA tourney after missing it for three consecutive seasons.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|