Johnson, Fortenberry pace SLU past Texas A&M-CC

HAMMOND — Roosevelt Johnson and Brandon Fortenberry scored 18 points apiece, and Johnson also grabbed 13 rebounds, as Southeastern Louisiana defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 67-53 Saturday night in a Southland Conference men’s basketball game.

The Lions (7-11, 5-3) led by 14 points in the first half and 26-16 at halftime, but the Islanders (2-16, 1-7) rallied to take a 40-36 lead with 9:20 remaining. Johnathan Jordan scored 13 of his 24 points for Texas A&M-CC during that stretch.

Southeastern Louisiana responded with a 19-1 run, which included six points by Johnson and five by Fortenberry, to take command, 55-41 with 3:08 left.

The Lions made just 62.8 percent of their free throws (27-of-43), but they had nearly twice as many opportunities as the Islanders, who made only 50 percent (11-of-22). Johnson made 10-of-17 and Fortenberry 9-of-11 from the line.

Nicholls State 70, Sam Houston State 67, OT: In Thibodaux, Dantrell Thomas scored 15 points and Nicholls State held off Sam Houston State in overtime.

Thomas, who made all seven of his free-throw attempts, tied the game at 60-all on a three-point play with 22 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime.

In OT, the Colonels went on an 8-0 run that was capped by Jeremy Smith’s two free throws to claim a 68-63 lead with 1:47 left. Sam Houston cut the deficit to one point on James Thomas’ free throw with 45 seconds remaining.

But Nicholls State (6-12, 5-3 Southland Conference) held the Bearkats scoreless the rest of the way. Thomas made two free throws with 13 seconds left, giving the Colonels enough cushion for the victory.

Amin Torres scored 12 points and T.J. Carpenter added 11 for Nicholls State.

DeMarcus Gatlin had 12 points for Sam Houston (11-9, 4-4).

Oral Roberts 75, McNeese State 54: In Tulsa, Okla., Shawn Glover had 24 points, Damen Bell-Holter added 22 for Oral Roberts (12-8, 7-1 Souhthland).

Kevin Hardy had 12 points, six assists and four rebounds for McNeese State (8-10, 2-6).

Northwestern State 61, Stephen F. Austin 57: In Natchitoches, James Hulbin scored 19 points and Northwestern State closed out the game with 11 straight points to rally past Stephen F. Austin a game pitting the nation’s top offense against its top defense.

The Demons (12-6, 6-2 Southland Conference) came in averaging 85 points per game, while the Lumberjacks were allowing only 49.4 points. The loss snapped Stephen F. Austin’s 11-game winning streak, the second-longest in the country.

The game featured eight ties and 15 lead changes. The Lumberjacks (16-2, 7-1), who were 16-0 this season when leading with five minutes left, had a 57-50 advantage with 4:04 remaining, but would not score again as Northwestern State made 4 of 8 field goals.

Northwestern State, which posted its lowest winning score this season, forced 22 turnovers.

Desmond Haymon had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Taylor Smith had 10 points and 12 boards for Stephen F. Austin.

UNO 94, Champion Baptist 54: In New Orleans, Kevin Hill and Cory Dixon scored 13 points each to lead five University of New Orleans players in double figures.

Hill also had 10 rebounds for the Privateers (6-13).

Brandon Likins scored 31 points to lead the Tigers (5-22).

Troy 71, ULM 64, OT: In Monroe Hunter Williams scored 15 points for Troy.

Troy (9-12, 4-6 Sun Belt) extended its lead to 38-28 on Tevin Calhoun’s 3-pointer 3:40 into the second half. But ULM (3-13, 2-8) trimmed the lead to 57-54 before Trent Mackey’s 3-pointer with two seconds left sent the game into OT.

In overtime, Jones sandwiched two jumpers around an Amos Olatayo layup and Ray Chambers hit a jump shot to give Troy the lead for good, 63-59.

Olatayo led Louisiana-Monroe with 26 points.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 79, Grambling 67: In Grambling, Tevin Hammond scored 20 points, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff made an 11-point run late in the second half.

DaVon Haynes and Daniel Broughton had 13 points apiece, and Terrell Kennedy added 12 for the Golden Lions (8-12, 7-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference).

Terry Rose and Brandon Dorsett scored 13 points each, with Dorsett collecting eight rebounds, and Peter Roberson had 12 points for Grambling (0-17, 0-8).

Women

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 66, TEXAS A&M CC 54: In Hammond, all five Southeastern Louisiana starters scored in double figures in a Southland win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Symone Miller led the way for SLU (8-11, 1-7) with 14 points. Brandi Simmons added 12, Aja Gibson 1, Elizabeth Styles 11 and Jameika Hoskins 10 points. Hoskins also had nine rebounds and three steals, and Styles had five assists.

Jessica Jammer scored 22 points for the Islanders (1-18, 0-8).

SAM HOUSTON STATE 70, NICHOLLS STATE 63: In Thibodaux, Nicholls State junior KK Babin, a former St. Michael Star, scored a team-high 17 points to surpass 1,000 points for her career, but Sam Houston State outmuscled the Colonels inside with a 44-28 rebounding edge.

Alisha Allen scored 14 points for Nicholls (12-7, 4-4 Southland) Jenny Nash added 13 and LiAnn McCarthy 11.

Sequeena Thomas had 18 points and 14 rebounds for Sam Houston (11-9, 7-1).

UTAH STATE 76, LOUISIANA TECH 75, OT: In Ruston, Jenna Johnson’s layup with five seconds to play in overtime lifted Utah State.

Johnson’s layup came off an inbounds play by the Aggies (10-10, 7-2 Western Athletic Conference) under their own basket with Louisiana Tech (9-10, 5-4) leading by one.

Brittany Lewis led Tech with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Whitney Frazier and LuLu Perry each scored 16 points, and Kelia Shelton added 15 points.

Franny Vaaulu led Utah State with 20 points while Johnson scored 15 points.

Texas Pan Am 71, UNO 5: In New Orleans, Joyea Marshall had 14 points and 16 rebounds for Texas Pan American (8-12).

Keri Thomas scored 23 points for UNO (1-17). Yasmin Taylor had eight points and nine rebounds.