Green, newcomers help SE Louisiana roar past Alcorn State
HAMMOND, La. (AP)—Southeastern Louisiana’s Kevyn Green scored 18 points while Dekyron Nicks added a career-high 11 to lead the Lions to a 72-54 win over Alcorn State in the season-opener for both teams Friday.
Patrick Sullivan grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Southeastern (1-0), which held Alcorn State (0-1) to 40 percent from the floor and forced 17 turnovers.
Freshmen Daryl Arnold and David Ndoumba, each making their collegiate debut for Southeastern, chipped in with nine and eight points respectively with Ndoumba getting eight rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.
Both teams kept it close for much of the first half before Southeastern pulled away with a 13-1 run to take a 31-17 lead on a jumper by Arnold with 2:59 remaining.
Green, who scored 11 points in the first half, opened the run with a jump shot before adding a pair of jumpers, including a 3-pointer that gave the Lions a 29-16 lead.
Alcorn State closed to within nine twice in the final minute, including Troy Jackson’s driving layup at the buzzer, before cutting the lead to 36-32 on another layup by Jackson with 16:58 remaining.
But Southeastern scored the next 12 points to increase its lead to 48-32 and led by as many as 23—with the last coming on a Warrell Span free throw that gave the Lions a 72-49 lead with 1:01 left.
Southeastern shot 47 percent from the floor and was 7-of-18 from behind the 3-point line.
Jackson, one of two players in double figures for Alcorn State, led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Alex Owumi added 10 points for the Braves, who struggled from both the free throw and 3-point line, while being outrebounded, 42-36.