Stephen F. Austin tops Northwestern St. 59-51

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP)—Josh Alexander scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Stephen F. Austin held off Northwestern State 59-51 on Wednesday night.

The Lumberjacks (16-6, 8-2 Southland Conference), who have won five of their last six games, led by eight points early in the second half.

The Demons (9-15, 1-8) closed the gap, pulling ahead by two with 11 minutes left. The game was tied at 44 with 6:47 remaining, then Alexander scored five points in a 7-0 run to put the Lumberjacks ahead for good.

Alexander had his first 20-point game since scoring 24 in a triple-overtime win over North Dakota State on Dec. 12. Matt Kingsley and Nick Shaw added 10 rebounds apiece for Stephen F. Austin, which also beat Northwestern State 55-40 on Jan. 17.

Kalem Porterie led the Demons with 12 points and 13 rebounds. William Mosley added 14 boards, 13 on the defensive glass.

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