The Colonels (9-19, 8-9 Southland Conference), who came in having lost seven of their past nine games, shot 59.4 percent (19 of 32) in the first half. Leading 18-17, they blew the game open with a 29-4 run, going into halftime ahead 47-21.
The Cardinals made only 9 of 20 field goals before the break.
Hunter finished 9 of 11 from the field, Thomas was 8 of 12 and JaMarkus Horace made 8 of 11 to finish with 16 points.
Nicholls State had a 56-36 advantage in the paint and scored 27 points off 20 Lamar turnovers.
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