Northwestern State holds off D-III Louisiana College 86-80
Northwestern State used a 10-2 run midway through the first - including 3-pointers by Bailey Walker and Thompson - to turn a tie game into a 47-41 lead at intermission.
Louisiana College got within four with 48 seconds left after Anthony Gaines Jr made 3 of 4 from the line. But Thompson and Devonte Hall both made a pair at the line and the Demons held on.
Gaines and Kevin Lewis had 21 points apiece to pace Louisiana College, while Kevin Cottonham added 18.