LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- Kevin Hardy scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out seven assists as McNeese State beat Southeastern Louisiana 69-60 on Thursday.
Hardy's back-to-back second half dunks awakened the crowd and put McNeese State up 54-46 with 7:20 remaining.
McNeese State trailed 23-12 early in the first half, but closed the half on a 9-1 run to tie it at 29.
Dre Evans had 19 points for SE Louisiana (5-7, 0-1), Julian Chiera had 14 and Joshua Filmore added 11. The Lions made 9 of 24 shots from behind the arc.
Evans' 3-pointer, followed by Julian Chiera's layup made it a six-point game with 35 seconds left, but McNeese State made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 24 seconds.
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