McNeese St. beats Texas St. 85-79

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP)—John Pichon scored a career-high 27 points and Diego Kapelan added 24 to help McNeese State beat Texas State 85-79 on Sunday night.

Texas State led by two points at the break, but McNeese State outscored the Bobcats 46-38 in the second to seal the win. McNeese State has won seven in a row against Texas State.

Patrick Richard added 11 points off the bench, while Kleon Penn had 10 points and a career-high eight blocks for the Cowboys (9-12, 3-5 Southland Conference). Kaplan went 5-for-9 from beyond the arc, and Richard was 2-for-3.

Brandon Bush and Brent Benson led the Bobcats (1-12, 3-6) with 22 points apiece.

After a both teams shot just over 40 percent in the first half, the Bobcats dropped off in the second with a 36.6 percent mark (15 of 41). The Cowboys shot 54.5 percent (18 of 33) in the final frame.

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 Top Performers
 Texas St.
Brandon Bush Brandon Bush
10-16,  22 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists
 McNeese St.
John Pichon John Pichon
11-16,  27 Pts
7 Rebs, 5 Assists

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