JACKSON, Miss. — Paris Collins scored 22 points, Raeford Worsham had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Jackson State beat Southeastern Louisiana 89-66 in men’s college basketball Wednesday night.
Kaven Bernard added 21 points for Jackson State (5-8), while Janarius Middleton chipped in 12 points and had six assists. The Tigers snapped a two-game losing skid and are 4-0 at home.
Zay Jackson had 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting with three 3-pointers to lead Southeastern Louisiana (2-11), which has lost five straight and are 0-8 on the road.
Bernard scored 14 points and Collins added 11 as the Tigers built a 45-34 halftime lead. Jackson State stretched its lead to 73-50 with seven minutes left and cruised from there.
The Tigers host Alabama State on Saturday to open its Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule.
Southeastern Louisiana plays visiting Stephen F. Austin in its Southland Conference opener on Saturday.
UL-Lafayette 74, Spring Hill College 54: In Lafayette, Howard Register, who had been mired in an ugly slump for much of the first part of the season, knocked down six shots from 3-point range against Spring Hill on his way to a game-high 22 points.
The exhibition win doesn’t count for the Cajuns and the 3-pointers won’t count toward Register’s season stats.
The Cajuns took control of the game from the opening tip, roaring out to a 15-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game.
Cajuns coach Bob Marlin said he was pleased with the play of Steve Wronkoski and Devonta Walker, Wronkoski played 27 minutes and scored 12 points, both of which would’ve been a season high if the numbers were official, and Walker scored seven points in 13 minutes off the bench.
The exhibition also served to get some players some rest.
Shawn Long finished with 15 points and five rebounds in just 14 minutes, and other frequently used players like Jay Wright (13 minutes) and Johnathan Stove (14 minutes) spent most of the night resting their legs.
The Cajuns will return to the Cajundome floor Saturday to begin the main portion of their Sun Belt Conference schedule against Appalachian State.
Tulane 70, Houston 48: Point guard Leslie Vorpahl scored a career-high 25 points, and the Green Wave easily won its American Athletic Conference women’s basketball opener at Fogelman Arena.
The Green Wave pulled away in the second quarter and led by 32 points in the third.
The victory was the seventh in a row for Tulane (10-3) and gave it an 8-0 home record.
Tierra Jones added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Green Wave, and guard Kolby Morgan had 12 points.
Marche’ Anderson led Houston (4-8) with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Arkansas 73, UNO 41: In Fayetteville, Arkansas, Melissa Wolff scored 20 points and had 20 rebounds, both career highs, for the Razorbacks (5-8). Jessica Jackson overcame a slow start to finish with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Devin Cosper added 11 points, going 7-of-8 from the line .
Randi Brown led the Privateers (3-6) with 19 points. UNO was held to 16 points in the first half.