SE Missouri holds off Lions

HAMMOND — Corey Wilford scored 18 points and Southeast Missouri State held on for a 61-58 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in men’s college basketball Saturday.

The Redhawks (6-4), leading 31-20 at halftime, got double-figure scoring from three others. Tyler Stone had 13 points, while Marland Smith and Nino Johnson added 10 apiece. Johnson also grabbed 16 rebounds.

Southeast Missouri led 55-41 in the second half but the Lions (1-5) clawed back behind Brandon Fortenberry’s 12 points and 10 from Jeffery Ricard, who went 8-for-8 at the foul line.

Jeremy Campbell’s tip-in made it 60-58 with five seconds left. Wilford hit the first of two free throws at 3 seconds left before missing the second. Fortenberry’s long 3-pointer attempt missed at the buzzer.

ULL 80, North Texas 76: In Denton, Texas, Shawn Long scored 27 points for Louisiana Lafayette in a Sun Belt win.

Bryant Mbamalu scored 19 points; and Elfrid Payton had 14 points, nine assists and three steals for ULL (3-5, 1-1).

North Texas (3-5, 0-1) got 23 points from Chris Jones.

No. 13 Michigan State 84, Nicholls State 39: In East Lansing, Mich., injuries and the flu bug made Nicholls State easy pickings for No. 13 Michigan State.

Keith Appling scored 13 points for the Spartans (6-2).

Nicholls State (1-3) was missing three starters, and coach J.P. Piper had only eight players to work with. Leading scorer Fred Hunter had a swollen knee when the team got off the plane Friday night and Piper decided not to play him.

UALR 83, ULM 58: In Little Rock, Ark., Ben Dillard scored 17 points to place Arkansas-Little Rock to a Sun Belt win.

White added 14 points, and Will Neighbour had 13 points for UALR (6-3, 2-0).

ULM (0-4, 0-2) was led by Jayon James with 15 points and four assists, and Marcelis Hansberry came off the bench to score 14 points.

LOUISIANA COLLEGE 77, HOWARD PAYNE 68: In Brownsville, Texas, freshman Anthony Gaines Jr. scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting with five rebounds and two steals for Louisiana College (1-3, 1-1 American Southwest). Danny Sumner scored 17 points, and Doc Welch added 15 points and seven rebounds.

Women

North Texas 71, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 59: In Denton, Texas, Laura McCoy hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, sparking a 17-8 run by North Texas (2-5, 1-0) in the Sun Belt.

Ashley Benjamin scored 12 points to lead ULL (3-4, 0-2).

LOUISIANA TECH 57, OLE MISS 54: In Ruston, Whitney Frazier scored 15 point to lead Louisiana Tech (2-3).

Valencia McFarland scored 15 points for the Rebels (4-2).

rice 60, McNeese State 51: In Houston, Rice outscored McNeese State 11-2 in the final five minutes of the game.

Caitlyn Baggett led the Cowgirls (4-3) with 18 points.

Arianna James added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Ashlyn Baggett scored 10 points to move into second place on the all-time scoring leaders for McNeese.

UALR 71, ULM 54: In Little Rock, Ark., Taylor Gualt and Janette Merriex each scored 16 points to pace Arkansas-Little Rock (6-1, 2-0 Sun Belt).

Alexar Tugler led Louisiana-Monroe (1-6, 0-2) with 12 points, Alayshia Hunter scored 10, and Ashleigh Simmons had 11 rebounds.

SOUTHERN POLY 80, Loyola 50: In Marietta, Ga., Southern Polytechnic State University (7-0, 4-0) had four players in double figures, led by Erica Turner’s 20 points in the Southern States Athletic Conference game.

For Loyola (3-5, 1-3 SSAC), Jasmine Brewer led Loyola (3-5, 1-3) with 14 points.

Delgado 70, NTI Houston 27: Jackie Breland scored 16 points, and Kierra Jackson had 15 for Delgado (7-2)

LSU-SHREVEPORT 71, LANGSTON 44: In Shreveport, Jenna Diakos had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for NAIA’s No. 14 LSU-Shreveport.

Sharde Henry added 18 points and six assists for the Lady Pilots (6-1, 2-0 Red River Athletic Conference).

Lexus Smith scored 10 to lead Langston (1-6, 1-1).

LSU EUNICE 88, DODGE CITY CC 72: In Eunice, Lida Politopouolou and Meghan Cross each scored 20 points to pace LSU-Eunice (3-5).

Kelli Tolar scored 22 points for Dodge City (5-6).