McNeese St. 91, Texas St. 83

P.J. Alawoya scored 18 points as No. 1 seed McNeese State

advanced to the Southland Conference tournament championship game

with a 91-83 decision over No. 4 seed Texas State on Thursday

night.

The Cowboys (21-10) built a 37-29 halftime lead and kept the

Bobcats (16-16) at bay in the second half. McNeese State was 31 of

42 from the free-throw line, including 29 of 39 in the second

half.

Diego Kapelan added 17 points and Patrick Richard and C.J.

Collins scored 16 each for the Cowboys, who will play No. 7 seed

Texas-San Antonio, a 79-70 winner over Sam Houston State earlier

Thursday, in the title game on Saturday.

Texas State’s Tony Bishop scored 16 points and pulled down 13

rebounds.