NATCHITOCHES, La. -- James Hulbin scored 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting to lead Northwestern State to a 66-51 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a Southland Conference game Thursday night.
Shamir Davis had 15 points for the Demons (20-8, 14-3), who had lost two in a row, including a 64-63 defeat to league leader Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
Northwestern State's victory assured a bye in the Southland tournament.
Will Nelson had 14 points and six rebounds for the Islanders (6-22, 5-12), who had won two in a row coming in.
The Islanders led 14-13 on Jelani Currie's 3-pointer with 12:22 left in the first half, but the Demons went on a 16-3 run for a 29-17 advantage capped by Marvin Frazier's layup with 3:56 left. Northwestern State led 32-23 at halftime.
The Demons pushed the advantage to 42-27 on Hulbin's 3-pointer with 15:56 remaining and were never threatened.
Shooting guard Jaylen Nowell, ranked No. 45 in the ESPN 100, chose the Washington Huskies on Wednesday over California. As a junior he led Garfield Heights to a state championship and was named MVP of the tournament.
Donnie Tyndall has filed an appeal to reverse the 10-year show cause penalty he received from the NCAA in April for violations that occurred while he was coaching Southern Mississippi.
Top-50 prospect Jaylen Nowell committed to Washington on Wednesday. Nowell, a shooting guard, is No. 45 on the ESPN 100.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|