Basketball fights to the finish

On Saturday evening, Northwestern State Basketball almost triumphed after going head-to-head with Stephen F. Austin.

The score was 65 to 65 at the end of the second half, causing the Demons and the Lumberjacks to go into overtime.

Iziahiah Sweeney led the team with 20 points and two assists.

“I would like to have made that last shot; that is the first thing I would like to change,” Sweeney said.

In the last second of overtime, matters were in Sweeney’s hands. He could either once again tie the game and go into double overtime or land the three-pointer he attempted.

Devonte Hall, who also played an exceptional game, had 17 points on the board with nine assists.

“I had too many turnovers,” Hall said. “If I lessen my turnovers to about two, we would have more opportunities to score the ball. I honestly feel that I lost us the game because of turnovers.”

Head Coach Mike McConathy remained positive after the loss.

“We competed; we just didn’t make the plays we needed to make to get the win down the stretch,” McConathy said.

In their next game on Feb. 9, the Demons have a chance to redeem their loss with a game against the Houston Baptist Huskies.