Katy, TX (Sports Network) - James Hulbin stole the ball off Thomas Walkup with three seconds remaining in regulation and prevented Stephen F. Austin from making a comeback, as Northwestern State won, 68-66, in the Southland Conference Tournament final.
Northwestern State, which earned the second seed and two byes in the tourney, defeated Sam Houston State to reach the title game.
Shamir Davis had a team-high 19 points and DeQuan Hicks tallied 13 for the Demons, who will be making their third NCAA Tournament appearance and their first since 2006.
Desmond Haymon scored 23 points for the Lumberjacks, who earned the top seed in the tourney. Taylor Smith registered 16 points and 14 rebounds and Antonio Bostic added 15 points.