NEW ORLEANS (AP) Curtis Diamond hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1:49 left to give Georgia Southern a 44-43 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday to advance to the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship game.
Diamond missed a 3 earlier in that Georgia Southern possession, but Eric Ferguson grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it out to an open Diamond.
Second-seeded Georgia Southern will play No. 1 seed Georgia State on Sunday for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Trent Wiedeman and Hewitt had 11 points apiece for the Eagles (22-8). Diamond finished with 10.