Northwestern State (22-8) vs. Stephen F. Austin (27-3) in Southland Championship

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Southland Conference Tourney



1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  Northwestern State 34 34 68 +4.5
  Stephen F. Austin 35 31 66 -4.5
Sat, Mar 16 2013, 08:30 PM CDT

Leonard E. Merrell Center
Katy, TX
Attendance: 3,124
TV: ESPN 2

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Northwestern State meets Stephen F. Austin in the championship of the Southland Tournament at Leonard E. Merrell Center on Saturday. The game tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Demons lost to the Lumberjacks 64-63 on Mar. 2 and are 2-6 against them over the last four years.

In a 55-52 win over Sam Houston State on Mar. 15, Shamir Davis put up seven points for the Demons. He is putting up 12.3 points per game while also averaging 2.2 assists per game. For the Lumberjacks, Taylor Smith finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 68-57 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Mar. 15. He leads the team in points with 15.6 per game, rebounds with 9.1 per game, and blocks with 2.9 per game.

Digging into season numbers, Northwestern State has the advantage in one key category, scoring, where the Demons have an edge over the Lumberjacks, 81.5 points per game to 65.1 points per game. One category in which Stephen F. Austin is especially proficient is defensive rebounding percentage at 75.2, ranking first in their conference (and ninth nationally).

StatSmack! Northwestern State is better than Stephen F. Austin
  • Northwestern State has a stronger schedule than Stephen F. Austin this season (SOS Rank: No. 241 vs. No. 326).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Northwestern State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (960 to 952) than Stephen F. Austin, per the NCAA.
  • Northwestern State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Northwestern State is 75.8 inches compared to 74.1 inches for Stephen F. Austin.
  • Northwestern State attacks the glass, with more rebounds (39.9 per game vs. 36.2 per game) than Stephen F. Austin this season.
NSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B DeQuan Hicks 20 14 6 2 2 1 2
B- Jalan West 25 11 3 5 2 0 2
B- James Hulbin 22 12 6 1 1 1 1
C+ Shamir Davis 25 12 2 2 1 0 2
C Brison White 18 8 2 2 2 0 1
C Marvin Fraizer 16 5 4 0 1 1 1
C- Gary Roberson 16 7 3 1 0 0 1
C- P. Robinson 18 4 3 1 1 1 1
C- Gary Stewart 18 6 3 1 0 0 2
D+ O.J. Evans 15 4 4 0 0 1 1
D Dadrian Harris 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Dustin Adams 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Matt Killian 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Austin Adams 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D David Ulak 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
SFA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Taylor Smith 33 16 9 2 1 3 2
B- Antonio Bostic 31 10 3 2 2 0 2
B- Hal Bateman 28 7 3 6 2 0 3
C+ Desmond Haymon 30 10 5 1 1 0 1
C+ Jacob Parker 25 8 4 1 1 0 1
C Thomas Walkup 18 4 4 1 1 0 1
D+ Rex Baxter Jr. 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Trey Pinkney 9 1 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Nikola Gajic 8 3 2 0 1 0 1
D+ Danilo Toskovic 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Deshaunt Walker 8 3 0 0 0 0 0
D Adam Perez 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Ice Asortse 7 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Joe Bright 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Jared Harrison 7 2 0 1 0 0 1

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Southland Standings

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1 SFA 32-3 18-0
2 TAMUCC 18-16 14-4
3 SHSU 24-11 13-5
 4NSU 17-14 12-6
5 Incarnate Word 21-6 9-5
6 Oral Roberts 17-16 10-8
6 Nicholls State 14-15 10-8
8 McNeese State 11-20 9-9
9 New Orleans 11-15 8-10
10 SELU 12-18 7-11
11 UCA 8-21 5-13
12 Lamar 4-26 3-15
13 ABILEN 11-20 2-12
14 Houston Baptist 6-25 2-16
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2013-2014 Roster

#3 Austin Adams So F 6-7 220
#1 Dustin Adams So F 6-7 225
#40 Marvin Frazier Jr C 6-8 220
#20 Dadrian Harris So G 6-1 185
#32 DeQuan Hicks Sr F 6-7 230
#0 Tra`von Joseph Fr G 6-5 200
#13 Matt Killian So F 6-5 180
#33 Ryan King Jr F 6-7 205
#42 Matt LeBato Jr F 6-8 220
#10 P. Robinson Sr F 6-5 200
#44 Gary Stewart Sr G 6-4 197
#21 Sabri Thompson Fr G 6-3 190
#2 T. Washington Jr G 6-1 175
#12 Jalan West So G 5-10 175
#22 Brison White Sr G 6-0 185
#11 B. Williams So F 6-7 205
#23 Z. Woodley Fr G 6-2 200