Scores

Final

Nicholls State 78

(10-17, 6-8 Southland)

McNeese State 75

(15-12, 10-4 Southland)

    4:00 PM ET, February 25, 2012

    Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    NICH 23 5578
    MCNS 21 5475

    Top Performers

    Nicholls State: S. McBeath 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast

    McNeese State: P. Richard 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Nicholls 78, McNeese St. 75

    Associated Press

    LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Sam McBeath and Jeremy Smith scored 16 points apiece, and Nicholls State went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the game's waning seconds to beat McNeese State 78-75 on Saturday.

    Both McBeath and Smith went 2-for-2 from the line for the Colonels in the game's final 25 ticks, during which time the Cowboys combined to miss a 3, a jumper and two foul shots. Kevin Hardy knocked down a 3-pointer for McNeese State at the buzzer, but it was too late.

    Trevon Lewis added 15 points for the Colonels (10-17, 6-8 Southland Conference), while Bryan Hammond had 11. It was the first meeting of the season between Nicholls State and McNeese State, which is in first place in the Southland's East division.

    Nicholls State outshot McNeese State 54.2 percent (26 of 48) to 40.7 percent (24 of 59).

    Patrick Richard's 28 points paced the Cowboys (15-12, 10-4).

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NICH
    MCNS
    Points 78 75
    FG Made-Attempted 26-48 (.542) 24-59 (.407)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-22 (.409) 8-22 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-23 (.739) 19-25 (.760)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 5

    2011-12 Season

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