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McNeese St. 77, Nicholls St. 76

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- Troy Aaron had 24 points, including five of seven 3-point shots, and John Pichon had 17 rebounds as McNeese State beat Nicholls State 77-76 on Saturday.

Stefan Blaszczynski, whose 33 points included Nicholls' last five, missed an off-balance shot at the end of the game. Gil Verner added 15 points, Ryan Bathie 11 and Adonis Gray 10 for the Colonels (14-16, 7-9).

Nicholls State took a 7-1 early lead, but McNeese (14-16, 9-7 Southland) led 41-35 at halftime and led by as many as nine points in the second half. The Colonels cut the lead to one point five times, and tied the game at 66-66.

Jarvis Bradley had 19 points for McNeese, and John Ford had 18. Ford and Aaron each had five of the Cowboys' 18 assists. Pichon's rebounding led the Cowboys to a 42-28 lead in that category.