Northwestern St. 67, Nicholls St. 65

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THIBODAUX, La. (AP)—Tramaine Hancock stole the ball with the game tied and 9 seconds to go, then passed to Jermaine Spencer for a game-winning dunk six seconds later as Northwestern State escaped with a 67-65 win over Nicholls State Wednesday night.

Northwestern (16-11, 10-3 Southland) got a game-tying 3-pointer from Jermaine Wallace with 37 seconds left. The Colonels (6-19, 1-13) worked the clock down to 10 seconds as forward Dominique Geason drove the left side only to have the ball knocked free by three Demons and snagged by Hancock, who called time out with 9.5 seconds remaining.

After the timeout, Hancock drove the length of the court and dumped a pass to Spencer, who cut in along the baseline and made the game-winning dunk with 3.5 seconds left.

Willie Depron led the Colonels with 19 points.

Wallace finished with 18 for the Demons, and Spencer added 15.

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