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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (25-8)


Walkup leads SFA to third straight Southland title

KATY, Texas (AP) Stephen F. Austin had been dominant throughout the Southland Conference regular season. The Lumberjacks were even better while claiming their third straight conference tournament crown.

Thomas Walkup had 19 points and six rebounds to lead Stephen F. Austin to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance with an 82-60 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - its 20th consecutive victory - in the Southland Conference Tournament championship Saturday night.

"There's nothing greater than Selection Sunday," Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood said. "I am an old-school guy, and when they call your name, the hair on the back of my neck stands up, and I get goosebumps. It is something we will never ever take for granted, and for these guys to be able to do it three times is so special."

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Leaders
Points: R. Thomas16.6
Rebounds: R. Thomas8.0
Assists: H. Ali5.3
FG%: R. Thomas55.2%
FT%: H. Ali78.7%
3P%: B. Pye38.9%
Steals: H. Ali2.7
Blocks: R. Thomas2.3
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas33-5
2 Michigan State29-6
3 North Carolina33-7
4 Virginia29-8
5 Oregon31-7
6 Villanova35-5
7 Oklahoma29-8
8 West Virginia26-9
9 Xavier28-6
10 Miami (FL)27-8
10 Kentucky27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova35-5
2 North Carolina33-7
3 Kansas33-5
4 Oklahoma29-8
5 Virginia29-8
6 Oregon31-7
7 Michigan State29-6
8 Miami (FL)27-8
9 Indiana27-8
10 Syracuse23-14
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Southland Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Stephen F. Austin 18-0 28-6
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 15-3 25-8
Incarnate Word 12-6 17-12
Sam Houston State 12-6 18-16
Houston Baptist 10-8 17-17
Southeastern Louisiana 9-9 12-21
Abilene Christian 8-10 13-18
McNeese State 7-11 9-20
New Orleans 6-12 10-20
Nicholls 6-12 11-23
Central Arkansas 6-12 7-21
Northwestern State 5-13 8-20
Lamar 3-15 11-19
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 73.6 (164)
Rebounds: 11.3 (130)
Assists: 12.8 (210)
FG%: 43.7% (197)
FT%: 73.8% (42)
3P%: 34.1% (208)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 69.9 (124)
Rebounds: 23.8 (289)
Assists: 12.4 (122)
FG%: 41.7% (81)
FT%: 71.6% (269)
3P%: 34.9% (208)
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