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Jalan West, Rico Gathers
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Northwestern State loses star PG West to torn ACL

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Few tandems in college basketball last season were as productive as Northwestern State guards Jalan West and Zeek Woodley, and with both players returning Mike McConathy’s Demons were seen as the biggest threat to two-time defending champion Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Conference. Tuesday afternoon the program announced news that will undoubtedly impact it’s pursuit of an NCAA tournament berth, with a torn ACL ending West’s season after just one game.

West suffered the injury in the final minute of Northwestern State’s season opening loss at Ole Miss Friday night, and the school will apply for a medical redshirt that would open the door for a return in 2016-17 as a fifth-year senior.

Without West even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Woodley, who last season led the team with an average of 22.2 points per game. But in West the Demons lose a player who not only averaged 20.0 points per game but also led the nation with 7.7 assists per contest. That kind of player, one who can both get hot himself (he scored 24 of his 25 points Friday night in the second half) and set up others, isn’t easily replaceable.

Sophomore Devonte Hall, who accounted for two points, five rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of action against Ole Miss, is one player who will need to step into that point guard role moving forward. As for the scoring, guards Malik Metoyer (freshman) and Sabri Thompson (junior) will see increased scoring opportunities with West sidelined.

Jalan West, his school president and a backyard game of HORSE (VIDEO)

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It all started with this tweet a month ago:

That’s Jalan West, the star of Northwestern State and one of the best mid-major guards in the country, challenging the school’s president to a game of HORSE.

Dr. Jim Henderson accepted the challenge, and while the two spent roughly a month talking trash on twitter, on Monday evening, they finally got together in Henderson’s backyard. Henderson took an early lead on West, but the diminutive point guard finished off the comeback by … using Henderson’s wife as a weapon?

Just watch:

Northwestern State’s Jalan West hits two buzzer-beaters in one game (VIDEO)

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Jalan West of Northwestern State had himself quite a Saturday night.

After hitting a 75-footer at the end of the first half, West followed that up by banking in a buzzer-beating three at the end of regulation to give the Demons an 87-84 win over New Orleans:

West finished the night with 36 points.

Not bad for a day’s work.