March 13, 2015

KATY, Texas (AP) Ty Charles and Jared Johnson scored 16 points apiece, Jacob Parker had 15 and defending champion Stephen F. Austin raced into the Southland Conference finals with a 91-79 win over Northwestern State on Friday.

The top-seeded Lumberjacks (28-4) also got 13 points from conference MVP Thomas Walkup and 10 from Clide Geffrard to earn a championship date with two-seed Sam Houston State (25-7) on Saturday.

Jalan West had 25 points, Zeek Woodley 17 and Sabri Thompson 16 for the Demons (19-12), who lost despite shooting 51.9 percent from the field (25 of 54) and making 17 of 22 free throws.

SFA shot 52.6 percent (30 of 57), making 8 of 17 3-pointers, and 23 of 26 free throws. With Parker grabbing 10 rebounds, the Lumberjacks had a 34-22 advantage on the boards and had 22 assists, seven by Walkup.

The Lumberjacks led 45-41 at the half.

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