Central Arkansas 92, Northwestern State 86

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CONWAY, Ark. (AP)—Nate Bowie and Central Arkansas blew a 30-point lead in the second half, then recovered in time to beat Northwestern State 92-86 Saturday night.

Bowie scored 29 points for the Bears, who led 54-24 with 19:15 to play before the Demons (15-14, 10-6 Southland Conference) rallied. Northwestern State tied the game at 76 with 4:04 remaining and actually led a couple times after that—the last time at 80-79.

Marcus Pillow’s 3-point play with 1:26 remaining gave Central Arkansas an 85-82 lead, and the Bears (10-20, 4-12) led the rest of the way.

Duke holds the Division I record for largest deficit overcome to win a game. The Blue Devils rallied from 32 points to beat Tulane 74-72 on Dec. 30, 1950.

Pillow finished with 23 points. Trey Gilder scored 19 for Northwestern State, which outscored Central Arkansas 62-41 in the second half.

The Bears didn’t take their first lead until 9:26 remained in the first half, but they went on a 34-6 run over the final 8:50. The Demons answered in the second half with a 26-5 run capped by Keithan Hancock’s 3-pointer with 9:03 to play that cut the lead to seven at 67-60.

From there, Northwestern State kept chipping away, but Central Arkansas had enough left at the end to win its season finale. The Bears, in their first season in Division I, are not part of the Southland tournament.

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