JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Payton Youngblood scored a career-high 26 points as North Alabama beat Florida Gulf Coast 96-81 in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney semifinals on Friday night. Mervin James added 20 points for the Lions.
The Lions advanced to the championship to face Liberty, which will get the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome. North Alabama is ineligible for the NCAA Tournament while it is in its four-year Division I transition.
Youngblood made 5 of 7 3-pointers. He added three blocks.