Stephen F.Austin 77, Texas-Arlington 54

Eddie Williams scored 22 points to lead Stephen F. Austin to a

77-54 victory over Texas-Arlington in the first round of the

Southland Conference tournament Wednesday.

Orren Tims came off the bench to add 17 points for the

Lumberjacks (22-8), who never trailed and will play Texas

A&M-Corpus Christi in the semifinals Thursday.

Marquez Haynes, the Southland Player of the Year, led the

Mavericks (16-14) with 17 points.

After trailing 33-20 at halftime, Texas-Arlington pulled to

within 10 points, but Williams later drilled three straight

3-pointers to give Stephen F. Austin a 52-27 lead. Williams was 5

of 7 from 3-point range.

Stephen F. Austin, the defending tournament champion, led 29-9

early due largely to Tims, who came in after starting center Jereal

Scott got into early foul trouble. Tims had 15 points at

halftime.