Stephen F. Austin 72, McNeese St. 70

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP)—Antoine Miller scored 20 points, his last coming on a free throw with 5 seconds left as Stephen F. Austin held off a late rally by McNeese State for a 72-70 victory Tuesday night in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament.

The fourth-seeded Lumberjacks (17-11) led by seven points with 12 seconds left before Ryan Price was fouled on a 3-point attempt. Price made all three free throws to get McNeese State (14-14) within 71-67.

Miller made one of his two free throws with 5 second left before Quentin Gonzalez hit a 3-pointer in the final second for the Cowboys.

Josh Alexander scored 15 points and Marcus Clark added 10 points and 10 assists for the Lumberjacks, who led 37-28 at halftime. Miller also had eight rebounds.

Fourth-seeded Stephen F. Austin heads to Hunstville, Texas, Thursday for a semifinal against second-seeded Sam Houston State, which beat Texas-Arlington 86-84 on Tuesday night.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 McNeese St.
Q. Gonzales Q. Gonzales
7-14,  15 Pts
8 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Stephen F. Austin
A. Miller A. Miller
5-11,  20 Pts
8 Rebs, 1 Assists

Team Stat Leaders

Points
Rebounds
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