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.
Nebraska guard Andrew White, who averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season, will transfer from the program and is eligible immediately. What else is on Dickie V's mind this week?
The Cavaliers bring in a top-10 class of four incoming freshmen, so the Class of 2017 will be a small one. Coach Tony Bennett is aiming high.
College basketball coaches across the country will hit the recruiting trail hard in July to target the Class of 2017's top prospects. Which players are the nation's top programs targeting?
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|