Fortenberry, Johnson power SLU

HAMMOND — Brandon Fortenberry scored 21 points, Roosevelt Johnson had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Southeastern Louisiana held off Nicholls State 70-65 in a Southland Conference men’s basketball game Saturday.

The Lions (5-9, 3-1) have won four of their past five games.

Fred Hunter had 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Nicholls State (3-11, 2-2), and Jeremy Smith scored 19 and Dantrell Thomas 14.

Southeastern led by as many as 12 points in the second half at 45-33 with 14:38 to go on Johnson’s two free throws, but Nicholls State gradually pulled to 56-50 with 5:38 left on Hunter’s jumper.

Johnson hit two free-throws for a 62-52 lead at 3:23, but the Colonels closed to 64-63 on Thomas’ six straight points ending at 1:02.

Antonnio Benton hit a jumper and Fortenberry made two free throws for a 68-63 Lions lead at 26 seconds, and Southeastern held on.

SMU 59, TULANE 53: In Dallas, ick Russell’s 13 points led a balanced scoring effort for SMU.

Russell added seven assists for the Mustangs (11-7, 1-2 Conference USA), who also got 10 points apiece from Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel and London Giles. SMU improved to 6-2 at home, with its two home losses coming by a total of four points.

Ricky Tarrant scored 24 points for the Green Wave (12-5, 0-2). Josh Davis added 15 points and 11 rebounds but also committed eight of Tulane’s 21 turnovers. The Green Wave made just five baskets in the first half and 14 in the game, shooting 32 percent from the floor.

Owing to both teams’ offensive struggles, Tulane led 14-9 with 8 minutes left in the first half, but SMU rode an 18-3 run to a 29-19 halftime lead and cruised from there. The Mustangs led by as many as 14 after halftime.

UNO 87, Champion Baptist 50: In New Orleans, Lovell Cook had 19 points and freshman Kevin Hill came off the bench to post his first-career double-double to help the University of New Orleans snap a six-game losing streak.

Hill, who played just 13 minutes, finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, Rarlensee Nelson tallied 12 points to go with nine assists, Tommy Hobbs chipped in 10, and Cory Dixon grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for UNO (4-11).

Brandon Likins had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (4-18).

Sam Houston State 72, McNeese State 57: In Lake Charles, Demarcus Gatlin scored 15 points to lead Sam Houston State to a Southland Conference win.

Paul Baxter and Darius Gatson scored 11 each for the Bearkats (10-6, 3-1).

Ledrick Eackles had 18 points and six rebounds, and Dontae Cannon scored 10 for the Cowboys (7-8, 1-4).

Northwestern State 100, Central Arkansas 88: In Conway, Ark., Gary Stewart scored 19 points, one of six men in double figures for Northwestern State.

Stewart hit 5-of-8 from 3-point range for Northwestern State (10-5, 4-1 Southland).

James Hublin scored 17 points and had three blocked shots, and Cary Roberson scored 13.

Robert Crawford led UCA (5-9, 0-4) with 22 points.

Middle Tennessee 66, ULM 57: In Monroe, Marcos Knight scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Middle Tennessee.

Bruce Massey finished with 12 points, making all eight of his free throw attempts for the Blue Raiders (14-4, 6-1 Sun Belt). JT Sulton had 10 rebounds.

Middle Tennessee went into halftime with a 34-19 lead. Louisiana-Monroe cut the Blue Raiders’ deficit to two points when Amos Olatayo scored on a layup with 11:14 left in the second half. But Middle Tennessee answered with a 7-0 run.

Olatayo scored 24 points for the Warhawks (3-10, 2-5).

Mobile 71, UNO 58: In Mobile, Ala., Chris Richardson who scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half, and Kwame Beard who scored 16 points on the strength of hitting 7-of-8 from the line for Mobile (10-6, 4-4 Southern States Athletic Conference).

Robert Lovaglio led Loyola (9-8, 4-4) with 17 points. McCall Tomeny scored 13 and Kyle Simmons had 10.