State college basketball: McNeese tops Nicholls in double OT

THIBODAUX — Dontae Cannon sank five 3-pointers, including the game-winner with 1 second left, to spark McNeese State past Nicholls State 91-88 in double overtime Saturday.

Desharick Guidry, whose layup at the end of regulation forced overtime, led McNeese (13-16, 7-11 Southland Conference) with 34 points and 13 rebounds. Cannon finished with 20 points and sent the game into a second overtime on a 3-pointer.

Nicholls State (9-20, 8-10) trailed 86-81 in the second overtime before rallying to tie it 86-all on T.J. Carpenter’s layup with 1:04 left to play. Cannon made two free throws to put the Cowboys up 88-66 at the 38 second mark.

However, Nicholls State was able to knot it at 88 with 11 seconds to go on Dantrell Thomas’ jumper.

Cannon held the ball on the Cowboys’ final possession and fumbled it before putting up a 3-pointer that swished through as time expired.

Adrian Fields scored 15 points for McNeese State and Hardy scored five of his 10 points during overtime.

Fred Hunter paced Nicholls State with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists but made just 12 of 19 free throws.

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 86, LAMAR 72: In Hammond, Brandon Fortenberry scored 26 points and moved into sixth place on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,320 points) as Southeastern Louisiana defeated Lamar to sweep the season series in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Lions (12-17, 10-8 Southland) have won two straight after a four-game skid.

Jeffery Ricard added 16 points and Evans 10 for the Lions, who had already clinched the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the league tournament. SLU will play the winner of the Nicholls State-McNeese State game on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Southland Conference tournament.

Donley Minor’s 18 points led Lamar (3-28, 1-17), which has lost eight straight and set a single-season record for losses.

DENVER 78, LOUISIANA TECH 54: Host Denver’s hot shooting helped the Pioneers (21-8, 15-2) wrest a share of the WAC title from Louisiana Tech.

Still, Tech (26-5, 15-2) concluded the regular season with a share of the WAC title, its first regular-season title since joining the league back in 2001.

Raheem Appleby, Cordarius Johnson and Alex Hamilton each had nine points to lead the team.

NORTHWESTERN STATE 84, SAM HOUSTON STATE 73: In Natchitoches, Shamir Davis matched his season high with 24 points in his final Prather Coliseum appearances, while freshman point guard Jalan West had 11 points, 12 assists and no turnovers to boost Northwestern State past Sam Houston State as Demons coach Mike McConathy became the state’s career collegiate coaching wins leader.

The victory by the Demons (21-8, 15-3 Southland) gave McConathy his 573rd in 30 years, the past 14 at Northwestern State (221 wins) after 16 (with 352 wins) at Bossier Parish Community College.

Women

NORTHWESTERN STATE 59, SAM HOUSTON STATE 50: In Natchitoches, Jasmine Upchurch finished with a game-high 22 points, while freshman Keshia Lee added 15 points as Northwestern State defeated Southland Conference leader Sam Houston State at Prather Coliseum.

Janelle Perez added 11 points for Northwestern State, which moved to 12-17 overall and 7-11.

Sequeena Thomas led the Bearkats (17-13, 13-5 SLC) with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

LAMAR 72, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 61: In Hammond, Lamar’s Dominique Edwards led all scorers with 21 points to pace the Southland Conference win at the University Center.

SLU’s Brandi Simmons posted her 12th double-double of the season as the Lady Lions Southeastern closed the season with an 11-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in conference play. Lamar (20-9, 12-6 Southland) will be the third seed in next week’s league tournament.

Simmons finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Symone Miller led the team with 17 points, followed by Aja Gibson (11 points) and Elizabeth Styles (10 points).

LOUISIANA TECH 69, DENVER 51: In Ruston, Whitney Frazier led all scorers with 15 points as Louisiana Tech never trailed at the Thomas Assembly Center.

Brittany Lewis and Lulu Perry each had 12 points as Tech (13-16, 9-9 Western Athletic Conference) wrapped up the No. 5 seed in the upcoming WAC tournament in Las Vegas.