Johnson powers Southeastern past Spring Hill for second win

HAMMOND — Roosevelt Johnson, who missed last game because of an injury, returned to tally season-highs of 21 points and 18 rebounds to lead Southeastern Louisiana past Spring Hill 71-61 Saturday in men’s college basketball.

Brandon Fortenberry added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Dre Evans and Jeffery Ricard scored 14 apiece for the Lions (2-8).

Tied at 50 at the 8:49 mark, Southeastern Louisiana scored seven straight points to take a 57-50 lead with 4:44 left to play. Johnson made a free throw and hit two jumpers during the stretch.

Spring Hill (2-13), which counted the contest as an exhibition, made it 57-54 on Alex Looney’s jumper at the 3:33 mark, but Johnson answered again with a jumper pushing the lead to five, 59-54 with 3:08 left to play.

The Lions made eight free throws in the final three minutes to seal the victory.

Robert Gipson led the Badgers with 23 points.

Nebraska 68, Nicholls State 59: In Lincoln, Neb., Brandon Ubel scored 18 points and Nebraska held on despite not making a field goal in the final 5:45.

Dylan Talley and David Rivers added 12 points each and Ray Gallegos 10 for the Cornhuskers (9-4), who went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final minute.

Dentrall Thomas had 18 points and Amin Torres 12 for the Colonels (1-9).

Nicholls State scored eight straight points to cut the Nebraska lead to 58-54 on T.J. Carpenter’s 3-pointer with 59 seconds left.

The Colonels used a 12-4 run to get within 53-42 on Lachlan Prest’s 3-pointer with 6:17 left and made it a 10-point game on Fred Hunter’s bank shot with 4:56 left that made the score 56-46.

Nicholls State made just three of its first 20 shots and finished the first half 5-of-23. The Colonels shot 59 percent in the second half.

Arkansas 79, Northwestern State 61: In Fayetteville, Ark., BJ Young had 26 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead Arkansas.

Young added seven assists as the Razorbacks (8-4) won their fourth consecutive game.

Arkansas closed the game on a 20-8 run after Northwestern State pulled within 59-53 with just more than 8 minutes remaining. The Razorbacks held the Demons, the nation’s second-highest-scoring team, 25 points below their season average.

James Hulbin led the Demons (5-4) with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

ULM 65, Florida Atlantic 64: In Monroe, Trent Mackey hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining as Louisiana-Monroe snapped a three-game losing streak.

Jayon James scored a career-high 26 points with 10 rebounds, while Mackey added 19 points for the Warhawks (2-7, 1-2 Sun Belt Conference), who scored the final five points of the game.

Greg Gantt led Florida Atlantic (6-2, 2-2) with 25 points.

Louisiana Tech 68, Denver 60: In Ruston, Raheem Appleby scored eight of his 12 points in the first half for Louisiana Tech.

Kenneth Smith and Kenyon McNeail added 10 points each for the Bulldogs (10-3, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference).

Royce O’Neale led Denver (4-7, 0-1) with 18 points.

Women

No. 3 Baylor 106, SoutheasterN Louisiana 41: In Waco, Texas, Jordan Madden scored all 13 of her points in the first half and third-ranked Baylor (10-1) took control early.

Brandi Simmons had 12 points to lead Southeastern Louisiana (7-4).

M c Neese 80, Ole Miss 75: In New Orleans, Ashlyn Baggett scored a career high 32 points for McNeese State in the Tulane DoubleTree Classic women’s college basketball tournament.

McNeese will play Tulane at 3 p.m. Sunday in the championship game.

Cecilia Okoye added 12 points and 12 rebounds for McNeese (5-5) Caitlyn Baggett had 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Tulane 71, Eastern Michigan 65: In New Orleans, former U-High star Whitney Bibbins scored 18 points as Tulane (9-2) won its openr in the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic. It was Bibbins’ sixth consecutive game to score in double figures and her seventh in eight games.

India Hairston scored 18 points and Natachia Watkins added 17 ponts and 12 rebounds for Eastern Michigan (2-9).

Florida Atlantic 82, ULM 72: In Monroe, Chenise Miller scored 22 points and Latavia Dempsey added 18 for Florida Atlantic (7-5, 4-0 Sun Belt).

Jasmine Shaw led Louisiana-Monroe (2-10, 0-3) with 19 points.

NICHOLLS 65, TEXAS SOUTHERN 58: In Houston, Emani White scored 20 points to pace Nicholls State (8-3). Former St. Michael star KK Babin scored 14 points.

Texas Southern falls to 3-8.

LOUISIANA COLLEGE 78, TRANSYLVANIA 63: In Montgomery, Ala., Neka Jones scored 13 points to pace Louisiana College (9-1).