Southeastern Louisiana beats McNeese State 64-57

HAMMOND, La. (AP) Roosevelt Johnson scored 24 points, recorded three blocks and two steals in Southeastern Louisiana's 64-57 win over McNeese State on Wednesday night.

Johnson was 10 of 12 from the field for the Lions and made 4 of 6 free-throw attempts.

Southeastern Louisiana (11-17, 4-11 Southland Conference) entered halftime with a 32-23 lead and quickly pushed that advantage to 39-24 in the second half after Johnson converted a layup.

McNeese State (15-13, 10-5) wouldn't get any closer than five as the Cowboys shot just 37.1 percent (13 of 35) during the period after going 8 of 24 in the first half.

Despite losing the rebounding battle 38-32, Southeastern Louisiana outscored McNeese State 34-27 in the paint, scored 15 second-chance points and flipped 14 Cowboys turnovers into 15 points.

Patrick Richard led McNeese State with 18 points, but the senior guard struggled from the field, hitting only 5 of 17 shots.