THIBODAUX — Brandon Fortenberry scored 30 points to equal his career high and lead Southeastern Louisiana to a 73-62 victory over Nicholls State on Saturday in Southland Conference men’s basketball play.
The Lions (9-12, 7-4) raced to a 38-22 halftime lead over the Colonels (6-15, 5-6) and were never seriously threatened.
Fortenberry, who set his career high nearly two years ago to the day, made 10 of 17 shots from the floor. He hit 5 of 8 3-point attempts and all five of his free throws. The five 3-pointers also tied his career best.
In the second half, Nicholls State twice cut the lead to six points. But each time Fortenberry responded with a 3-pointer.
Fred Hunter led the Colonels with 20 points. Dantrell Thomas chipped in with 15 and Amin Torres came off the bench to score 13 points.
For Southeastern Louisiana, Dre Evans scored 12 points and Roosevelt Johnson added 10.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 93, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 73: In Natchitoches, Brison White had career-highs of 20 points and six steals helping the Demons rout the Bears in a Southland Conference game.
Gary Stewart (15 points), Gary Roberson (14), Shamir Davis (13) and DeQaun Hicks (10) all scored in double figures for Northwestern State (16-6, 10-2), which won its sixth straight game.
The Demons, who lead the nation in scoring with 83.9 points per game, scored 36 points off of 25 turnovers from the Bears, and outscored Central Arkansas’ bench 57-35.
The Demons recorded 18 steals and are the fifth in the nation, averaging 10.7 steals per game.
Northwestern State shot 49.3 percent (34 of 89) while holding the Bears to 41.7 percent (30 of 72).
White made 5 of 7 shots and scored 11 points, and Northwestern State led by as many as 23 points, in the second half.
Jarvis Garner led Central Arkansas (9-13, 4-8) with 13 points.
NICHOLLS STATE 69, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 65: In Thibodaux, the Colonels quandered a 21-point lead but held off the Lady Lions at Stopher Gym.
The Colonels (14-8, 6-5 Southland Conference) led 43-23 at halftime before the Lady Lions (9-13, 2-9) cut it to two points in the final seconds. Nicholls held on for its first sweep of SLU since the 1998-99 season.
Nicholls’ Alisha Allen scored a game-high 18 points of 7-of-12 shooting. In seven contests at Stopher this season, Allen is averaging 18.4 points and shooting 54.6 percent from the field. Emani White and Jasmine Scott added 14 points each for the Colonels.
Nicholls started the game with back-to-back 3-pointers by KK Babin and Jenny Nash and used a 17-4 run to lead by as much as 21 in the first half. The Colonels shot 59 percent in the first half.
But the second half was a different story as the Lady Lions opened with a 7-0 run. SLU chipped away and cut it to two on Symone Miller’s offensive rebound and put back, but couldn’t come any closer.
Brandi Simmons led SLU with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
UNO 65, HOUSTON BAPTIST 58: In Houston, the Lady Privateers had one of their best shooting performances to get the win..
UNO (2-18) ended a 16-game losing streak by shooting 47.1 percent from the field. The shooting effort in the game was a far cry from the season-low 20.9 percent effort in the team’s 60-45 loss to HBU (4-18) on Jan. 12. Coupled with the Lady Privateers’ 42-28 advantage on the glass, the visiting squad was able to overcome its 26 turnovers in the contest. Keri Thomas scored a game-high 19 points to lead UNO.
Amber Clay had 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Privateers on the glass, before fouling out.
NW STATE 52, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 47: In Natchitoches, Janelle Perez scored 16 points and Jasmine Bradley added 12, including two pressure-packed free throws with 12 seconds remaining after a pair of defensive stops in the final minute to lift the Lady Demons.
Northwestern State improved to 9-13 overall, 5-7 in the Southland. UCA dipped to 12-10, 6-6.
Keisha Lee also scored 12 for Northwestern, which has already topped last year’s season wins total by three. Jasmine Upchurch contributed 10 points.
XAVIER-N.O. 61, PHILANDER SMITH 53: The Gold Nuggets, ranked 11th in NAIA Division I, struggled against Philander Smith, the last-place team in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, before pulling away in the final three minutes.
Xavier (20-4 overall, 8-2) and coach Bo Browder reached 20 victories for the 12th consecutive season, making Browder the Louisiana collegiate women’s basketball record-holder. He previously shared the record with Leon Barmore, who led Louisiana Tech to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons from 1991-2002.
TEXAS STATE 68, LOUISIANA TECH 63: In San Marcos, Texas, the Bobcats built an 11-point halftime lead and staved off a Lady Techsters.
After leading by as many as 14 points in the second half, Texas State saw its lead cut to 61-60 with 1:02 to play in the game when Lulu Perry hit an off-balanced jumper in the lane. The Bobcats (9-14, 3-10) scored four straight points to push the advantage out to 65-60 before Kelia Shelton hit a 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play to cut the deficit to 65-63.
Following a Lady Techsters foul in the backcourt, Texas State freshman Raven Burns then missed the front end of a one-and-one with 20 seconds to play and Shelton pulled down the defensive rebound. However, Shelton’s outlet pass for Perry went out of bounds, giving the basketball back to the Bobcats.
Texas State hit three more free throws for the final margin as Tech (11-12, 7-5) saw its modest two-game winning streak come to an end.
UT-DALLAS 74, LOUISIANA COLLEGE 72, OT: In Richardson, Texas, the Lady Wildcats couldn’t match their record-breaking performance against The Ozarks in which they hit 21 3-pointers on Thursday.
The 15th-ranked Lady Wildcats (20-2, 15-1 Amercian Southwest) suffered their first conference loss of the season, falling in overtime. LC struggled from beyond the arc, going 8-for-32.
Natosha Gottlieb led LC with 24 points.Skylar Chenevert tied Gottlieb with a game-high six steals. Karylon Thornton (14 points) and Neka Jones (11 points) joined Gottlieb in double figures for the Lady Wildcats.
Morgan Kilgore scored 23 points for UT-Dallas.