BEAUMONT, Texas — T.J. Carpenter scored 17 points off the bench on 6-of-12 shooting including four 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and Nicholls State got past Lamar 74-63 on Tuesday night to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference tournament for a record fifth consecutive year.
Nicholls State (7-17, 6-8 Southland) jumped out to an early 22-10 lead and largely used its bench, which outscored the Cardinals’ bench 34-9, to keep a double-digit lead throughout most of the contest.
Fred Hunter had 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for Nicholls State, which hit nine 3-pointers.
Amos Wilson led Lamar (3-23, 1-13) with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists. Rhon Mitchell had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Stan Brown had nine points and 11 rebounds.
McNEESE STATE 65, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 58: In Lake Charles, Dontae Cannon scored 19 points and Desharick Guidry added 17 as McNeese State held off Southeastern Louisiana to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference tournament.
The Cowboys (11-13, 5-9) led 40-30 with 14:50 remaining, but the Lions roared back with a 13-6 run, capped by Todd Nelson’s 3-pointer.
Brandon Fortenberry hit two foul shots with 1:16 left to get within 61-58, but Keelan Garrett and Cannon answered with two free throws apiece.
Kevin Hardy added 14 points and Craig McFerrin grabbed 10 rebounds to help give McNeese State a 38-26 advantage on the boards.
Ricard’s 17 points led the Lions (10-14, 8-6), who came in as winners of five of their last seven games.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 82, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 71: In Corpus Christi, Texas, Jalen West scored 17 points off the bench, dished out five assists and Northwestern State beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference.
Northwestern State (19-6, 13-2 Southland), which sits a half-game ahead of Stephen F. Austin in the conference, has won nine straight contests and used a big first half to put the Islanders away early, shooting 51.5 percent from the field while hitting seven 3-pointers and taking a 53-32 lead at halftime.
James Hulbin and DeQuan Hicks each scored 11 for the Demons which scored 20 points off 17 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-20, 3-11) turnovers.
LAMAR 59, NICHOLLS STATE 57: In Beaumont, Texas, Lamar’s Gia Ayers got a putback as time expired, giving Lamar a victory over Nicholls State at the Montagne Center.
Alisha Allen led Nicholls with 19 points, with KK Babin adding 12.
Lamar’s Kalis Loyd led all players with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
McNEESE STATE 76, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 67: In Lake Charles, Caitlyn Baggett became McNeese State’s all-time assist leader and moved into third place in all-time scoring with a game high 24 points to lead McNeese.
Baggett broke the record of 472 career assists held by Tiffany Green. Her 24 points give her 1,475 behind her sister Ashlyn, who is the Cowgirls’ second all-time leading scorer after scoring 14 points Tuesday.
The younger Baggett, Allison, had 13 points.
Symone Miller scored a career-high 19 points for Southeastern.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 68, TEXAS A&M-CC 58: In Corpus Christi, Texas, Northwestern State got its first conference road win thanks to Keisha Lee’s 16 first-half points and Jasmine Upchurch’s 13 second-half points.
Lee finished the game with 21, and Upchurch had 19 points to run Northwestern State’s record to 10-15 overall and 6-9 in SLC action. Jasmine Bradley added 16 points, along with Janelle Perez’s 10 points.
Jessica Jammer was Corpus Christi’s (3-22, 2-12 SLC) only player in double-figures with 16 points.