Texas A&M University-Commerce cagers drop two at Nicholls State

Feb. 26—THIBODAUX, Louisiana — Texas A&M University-Commerce dropped a pair of Southland Conference basketball games on Saturday at Nicholls State.

The Nicholls men won 85-70 to improve to 15-12 for the season and 10-4 in conference play.

The Lions dropped to 10-18 and 4-11.

A&M-Commerce played without four players who were suspended by the Southland Conference following an altercation last week at the end of the Lions' win over Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

Kalen Williams scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Lions against Nicholls. Williams was 12-of-20 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.

Tommie Lewis was next for the Lions with nine points, while V.J. Reeves Jr. scored eight and Rob Banks scored seven.

Diante Smith, who was 4-of-6 from 3-point range, led the Colonels with 17 points and Jamal West Jr. added 14.

Nicholls won the women's game 89-77.

The Colonels are now 13-14 for the season and 7-8 in conference play.

The Lions dropped to 11-14 and 6-9.

A&M-Commerce spread the scoring around among Jada Hood (14), Ahmya Boyce (13), Cora Horvath (10) and Jordyn Beaty (10).

Britiya Curtis and Lexi Alexander both scored 28 points to lead the victors.

The Lion women's next game is on Thursday at home against Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Lamar is 20-5 for the season and 14-1 in the Southland Conference including a 73-70 loss to A&M-Commerce in Beaumont on Jan. 18.

The Lion men's next game is on Saturday at Houston Christian with a 3:30 p.m. tipoff at Sharp Gym.