KATY, Texas -- 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.