McNeese State defeats Sam Houston State 67-61

The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Patrick Richard had 15 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds as McNeese State maintained its share of first place in the Southland Conference East Division with a 67-61 victory over Sam Houston State on Wednesday night.

The Cowboys (10-10, 6-2 Southland) won their third straight game and kept pace with Northwestern State, which also won Wednesday to stand at 6-2 in league play.

Jeremie Mitchell led McNeese State with 16 points, and Dontae Cannon added 12.

Marcus James and Demarcus Gatlin scored 16 points each for Sam Houston State (8-14, 2-6), and Konner Tucker added 10.

The Cowboys trailed 19-11 before closing the first half with a 30-11 run to go on top 41-30. Sam Houston got within 63-61 on two free throws by Gatlin with 2:30 to play, but Mitchell hit a jumper with 1:17 left and Richard added a pair of free throws with 28 seconds remaining.