Sam Houston St. 69, Stephen F. Austin 66 (OT)
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP)—Donald Cole hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in overtime to give Sam Houston State a 69-66 win over Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Conference tournament final Friday.
Cole had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Bearkats (23-6), who were making their first appearance in the conference tournament championship game and advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time.
Taylor Moore scored 19 points to lead Stephen F. Austin (21-8). B.J. Banks had eight rebounds for the Lumberjacks.
Banks hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 59.
Sam Houston State led 29-22 at halftime.