Louisiana-Monroe 87, Nicholls St. 83
MONROE, La. (AP)—With 13 seconds remaining in the game, Lance Brasher knocked in a free throw for his tenth point to help Louisiana-Monroe hold off a late rally by Nicholls State and defeat the Colonels 87-83 on Thursday.
Nicholls State (1-13) jumped out to the early lead, 11-2, with 16:05 remaining thanks to a slow start by the Warhawks’ offense. Louisiana-Monroe (8-6) responded, going on an 11-2 run of their own over the next five minutes to force a 13-13 tie with 11:10 left in the half. Jonas Brown keyed the offense during the stretch, picking up five of his nine first half points.
The two teams traded buckets over the next three minutes before the Warhawks began to pull away. With three seconds remaining before halftime, the Warhawks grabbed a 14-point lead, but saw it knocked down to 11 after Verner Gil hit a shot from half court with one second on the game clock.
At the half, Louisiana-Monroe led 40-29.
The Warhawks continued to build its advantage in the second half, getting its largest lead—17 points—when Jordan Payne knocked in a free throw for a 59-42 lead with 12:43 remaining in the game. But the Colonels would not go away, scoring nine straight points to cut the lead to 60-52 before Darien Bynum’s jumper pushed the lead back to 10 at the 8:14 mark.
Nicholls got as close as four points with 36 seconds remaining but Tony Hooper kept the Warhawks in front, scoring four straight free throws to seal the win.
Hooper finished the game with a team-high 17 points. He was joined in double figures by Brown’s 12 points, while Bynum and Daniel Roberts each had 10.
Nicholls State was paced by Stefan Blaszczynski’s 21 points and 11 rebounds.