Green’s 21 points leads SE Louisiana past Lamar
HAMMOND, La. (AP)—Kevyn Green scored a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Dekyron Nicks added 11 more as Southeastern Louisiana handily defeated Lamar 83-73 in a Southland Conference matchup on Saturday.
The Lions shut down Lamar’s perimeter shooting in the final regular-season game to clinch the No. 4 seed in the league tournament that begins next week and will meet Northwestern State. Lamar (19-10, 13-3 SLC), the top shooting team in the league, shot 39 percent for the game and went 5-for-18 from behind the 3-point line.
The Cardinals, who finished in a first-place tie with Stephen F. Austin, slipped to the No. 2 seed and will face Texas-Arlington (18-11, 7-9 SLC) on Thursday.
With 1:13 left in the first half, Lamar tied the game at 35-35 on a jumper by Justin Nabors. Southeastern’s Howard Austin then hit one of two free throws and Nicks scored on a layup as the Lions took a 38-36 lead into the half.
Currye Todd, who scored 15 points for Lamar, tied the game at 38-38 on a layup with 18:50 remaining in the game. But a 3-pointer by Green and an alley-oop dunk to Patrick Sullivan pushed the Lions’ lead to 43-38 and Southeastern never trailed again.
Sullivan had nine points and tied a career-high with five blocked shots for Southeastern.
Nabors led Lamar with 16 points off the bench while Kenny Dawkins had 12 and Brandon McThay added 10. Sanders, who was held to eight points, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Lamar before fouling out in the final minute.