Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Emmanuel Toney, right, and Sam Houston State's Albert Almanza chase the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Katy, Te
David J. Phillip
March 12, 2016

KATY, Texas (AP) Hameed Ali scored 18 points, including five in the final seven seconds, to help second-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rally from a three-point deficit with 13 seconds left and beat No. 3 seed Sam Houston State 79-76 in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament on Friday night.

The Islanders (25-6) face top-seeded Stephen F. Austin in the championship Saturday.

Sam Houston State (18-15) led 40-28 at the break and had a 13-point lead with 16 minutes to go, but the Islanders scored 12 straight points over the next 4:30 and took a 56-55 lead on a layup by Joe Kilgore with 9:11 to play.

There were seven lead changes and three ties from there.

Jovante' Spivey's jumper with 29 seconds remaining gave Sam Houston State a 76-74 lead, and after Ehab Amin's layup attempt on the other end was blocked, the Islanders were forced to foul.

Spivey missed both free throws and Ali hit a 3 with seven seconds left, giving Texas A&M-Corpus Christi a 77-76 advantage.

Kilgore had a steal and Ali made two foul shots to seal it.

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