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Cold shooting dooms Demons
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HAMMOND – Northwestern State’s second-half shooting slump Saturday night proved decisive, as Southeastern Louisiana’s defense helped the Lions post a rugged 66-61 Southland Conference basketball win over the visiting Demons.

Northwestern sank only 27 percent of its shots after halftime and misfired on several fast break opportunities. NSU had made 50 percent of its shots in the last three games, but got just 36 percent overall down against the Lions.

The second straight road loss for the Demons dipped them to 14-11 overall, 7-4 in the conference. Southeastern (9-14, 3-8) snapped a three-game skid while making only 11 turnovers.

“We just couldn’t get out of our own way, it seemed,” said Demons’ coach Mike McConathy. “We did a poor job of staying in front of them and keeping them from getting to the rim. They did a good job of getting there. They sliced us up.”

NSU had made 49 percent (25-51) of its 3-point shots in the last three games, but sank just 26 percent (6-23) in the loss, including a miserable 2 of 16 after halftime.

“We had been shooting better in the last three games than we had all year long on 3-pointers, and tonight we couldn’t buy one after halftime,” he said. “We kept battling and gave ourselves a chance despite all the frustrations. We had a really nice couple of passes and got a great look at a tying 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds to go, but it rattled in and out. Tough luck.”

Tyler Washington had the potential tying shot from the top of the key, but could not get it to fall.

Louis Ellis led the Demons with 17 points while William Mosley scored 11, all in the second half, and James Hulbin added 10. Mosley had 9 rebounds and 6 blocks, moving into 11th position and one block away from 10th on the NCAA career blocked shots list.

Jeremy Campbell scored 14, Roosevelt Johnson 13 and Elgin Bailey 12 for Southeastern. The Lions shot 39 percent overall but made 15 of 21 free throws, including four in the last seven seconds by Campbell to offset a driving Shamir Davis layup.

There were eight lead changes and five ties in the contest. SLU scored the first six points, but NSU recovered to take the biggest lead by either team, 27-17, with 4:04 left in the half.

The Lions ended the half on a 9-2 run to close within 29-26. The Lions twice led by five after halftime in a tightly-contested struggle, the last at 62-57 with 1:12 remaining.

For the first time this season, the Demons lost when holding their opponent under 70 points, after winning the previous 12 games that happened. NSU played at home Monday night at 7 against McNeese, going on the court for the third time in five days. The score was unavailable at press time.

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