Freshman forward Tim Stanfil and junior guard Johnny Gantt each scored 19 points as the University of the District of Columbia defeated Central State (Ohio), 97-93, last night at UDC.
UDC, which finished the regular season at 16-8, will learn early next week whether it will receive a bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
UDC led at halftime by 46-36, but Central State pulled to within 93-89 with 17 seconds remaining. Then UDC capitalized at the free throw line to clinch victory.
Central State (10-16) was led by guard Ed Dudley's 29 points.
Sun Belt: In Birmingham, Michael Charles scored five straight points to give Alabama-Birmingham a six-point lead with six minutes left as the Blazers defeated Western Kentucky, 57-45, in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Alabama-Birmingham (24-9), which has won all three previous Sun Belt tournaments in Birmingham, will play for the title Saturday against Jacksonville, a 67-61 winner over regular-season champion Old Dominion.
With the score tied at 39, Jerome Mincy hit a free throw and Charles followed with a basket and three free throws to put UAB up, 45-39.
Western Kentucky countered with two baskets, but Archie Johnson's slam with 3:21 left started the Blazers on a 12-2 game-ending run.
Ray Swogger had 18 points and Billy Gordon 12 for the Hilltoppers (22-7).
In the other game, Willie McDuffie converted a three-point play with two minutes left to give Jacksonville (20-9) the win over Old Dominion (22-7).
McDuffie's play gave Jacksonville a 60-55 lead. Pat LaGuerre hit six free throws in the final minute to clinch the victory.
The Monarchs led by 38-37 with 16 minutes left, but Jacksonville's Danny Pearson and Ronnie Murphy followed with baskets for a 41-38 lead.
Old Dominion went ahead by 44-43 before the Dolphins went ahead to stay by scoring six straight points, including two dunks by Otis Smith, to make it 49-44.
Thomas led the Monarchs with 21 points and Kenny Gattison had 16.