SE Louisiana 69, McNeese St. 64, OT
HAMMOND, La. (AP)—Daryl Cohen scored 34 points, including a Southland Conference record-tying 10 3-pointers, but it was the clutch play of Terry Bryant and Patrick Sullivan late that helped the Lions edge past McNeese State in overtime, 69-64, Thursday night.
Cohen, the third-leading scorer in the conference entering the game, finished 11-for-25 from the floor and 10-for-24 from behind the 3-point line as Southeastern (13-8, 5-3) won for the fourth time in its last five games.
Southeastern led 36-27 at the half as Cohen scored 21 of his points in the opening 20 minutes—from 3-point range.
The Lions built a 51-38 lead with 14:46 left on a dunk by Joseph Polite before McNeese State (8-13, 3-4) answered with a 13-0 run as a free throw by Eric Massey tied the game with 9:23 remaining.
McNeese State took a 60-58 lead on Jarvis Bradley’s jumper with 2:36 left, but Cohen hit two free throws with 11.6 seconds left to force overtime at 60-60.
Sullivan, who recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, gave Southeastern the lead for good, 65-64, with a free throw with 53 seconds remaining and the Lions forced a turnover before Bryant made four free throws to seal the win.
Quentin Gonzales led McNeese State with 23 points. Kleon Penn added 10 points for the Cowboys while John Pichon pulled down 11 rebounds.