State basketball roundup: Nicholls men top Northwestern State

NATCHITOCHES — Fred Hunter posted his third straight double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Nicholls State men defeated Southland Conference foe Northwestern State 93-78 on Thursday night.

Jeremy Smith added 18 points, and Dantrell Thomas tallied 17 for Nicholls State (4-11, 3-2). DeQuan Hicks led Northwestern State (10-6, 4-2) with 19.

WESTERN KENTUCKY 72, ULL 49: In Bowling Green, Ky., Brandon Harris scored 16 points to lead four Western Kentucky players in double figures in a rout of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Western Kentucky (11-8, 5-3 Sun Belt) ended a three-game losing streak with runs at the end of the first half and start of the second. Trailing 21-19 with 5:16 left before halftime, Western Kentucky outscored the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-13, 3-6) 12-0 until intermission. The Hilltoppers then opened the second half with a 14-2 run.

Elfrid Payton scored 14 points for ULL.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 52, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 40: In Nacogdoches, Texas, Stephen F. Austin held Southeastern to 16 percent shooting in the second half to stretch its winning streak to 10 games.

SFA (15-1, 6-0), the lone unbeaten team in Southland play, got a game-high 15 points from Taylor Smith. Four players had seven points apiece for Southeastern (5-10, 3-2), which led 25-23 at halftime but made 4 of 24 shots in the final 20 minutes.

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NORTHWESTERN STATE 64, NICHOLLS STATE 55: In Natchitoches, Nicholls State built a 15-point lead in the first half, but the offense stalled late as the Demons prevailed.

Nicholls (11-5, 3-2 Southland) had its three-game winning streak snapped. Northwestern State improved to 6-10 and 2-4.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 80, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 38: In Nacogdoches, Texas, Southeastern had 30 turnovers and remained winless in Southland play.

Southeastern (7-9, 0-5) shot 29.8 percent (17-for-57) on the way to its sixth consecutive loss. Stephen F. Austin (7-10, 2-4) shot 50 percent (30-for-60).

TULANE 69, HOUSTON 65: In Houston, Janique Kautsky led three players in double figures with a career-high 17 points as Tulane improved to 7-0 in road and neutral-court games.

The Green Wave (13-3, 2-1 Conference USA) held a 40-35 advantage at halftime. Rice (9-7, 1-2) rallied to tie the score at 56 with 7:12 left to play, but a Kautsky layup sparked an 8-0 Tulane run to give the Wave the lead for good.

COPIAH-LINCOLN 52, BRCC 46: In Wesson, Miss., Baton Rouge Community College (11-6) got 10 points from Desiree Savage in a losing effort.