MOBILE, Ala. — Ken Williams scored 25 points and added five assists to help lead South Alabama to an 83-70 win over the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in men’s college basketball Saturday.
Nick Stover added 13 points and Shaq Calhoun finished with 11 for South Alabama (13-16, 8-10 Sun Belt).
South Alabama shot 49 percent from the field while holding the Ragin’ Cajuns to just 38 percent. The Jaguars also outscored UL-Lafayette 35-12 off the bench.
Shawn Long scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cajuns (15-12, 11-7). Bryce Washington added 14 points and nine boards.
The Cajuns led 32-26 at the half, but South Alabama battled back for a 44-42 lead on a Don MuepoKelly jumper with 12:12 left. That jumper by MuepoKelly sparked a 16-2 Jaguars run, putting them in front 58-44 with 8:05 remaining.
The Ragin’ Cajuns never threatened again, and a Calhoun jam in the final minute gave South Alabama its largest lead (80-62).
Southeastern Louisiana 75, Central Arkansas 56: In Hammond, Zay Jackson had 21 points and dished out seven assists to help lead Southeastern Louisiana.
JaMichael Hawkins nailed five from long range to total 15 points, Moses Greenwood had 10 and James Currington chipped in eight and grabbed 10 rebounds for Southeastern Louisiana (9-19, 7-8 Southland Conference) which has won four of its past five games.
The Lions and Central Arkansas (7-18, 6-9) are battling for the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.
Southeastern Louisiana, which never trailed after taking a 22-19 lead at the 9:41 mark in the first half, finished the half with a 26-11 run to go up 48-30 at the break.
The Lions made 48 percent from the floor while limiting Central Arkansas to 19-of-57 shooting.
Jordan Howard led Central Arkansas with 11 points, Mathieu Kamba added 10 and Justin Foreman and Jake Zuilhof chipped in nine apiece.
McNeese State 71, Nicholls 69, OT: In Lake Charles, Jamaya Burr hit a jumper with two seconds left in overtime for McNeese State.
Burr, who finished with 20 points, had five in the extra period. Burr and Shaun Johnson drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Cowboys a 66-62 lead with 2:19 left in OT.
Nicholls’ Liam Thomas had a layup to tie at 69 with 19 seconds left before Burr hit the winning jump shot.
McNeese State was trailing 59-56 with five seconds left in regulation when Jarren Greenwood drilled a 3-pointer to send it to overtime.
James Harvey had four 3-pointers and 17 points for the Cowboys (7-19, 5-11 Southland Conference), as both teams are battling for the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament.
Quinton Thomas had four treys to total 19 points and Liam Thomas added 14 for Nicholls (7-22, 3-12).
Abilene Christian 87, UNO 84: In Abilene, Texas, Jaylen Franklin scored 28 points and had a steal and assist of Jaren Lewis’ half-court heave in the final seconds that gave Abilene Christian the win.
The Wildcats (13-16, 8-8 Southland Conference) trailed by four with 24 seconds left. Franklin had a 3-point play with 12.6 seconds left that pulled them within 83-82 and his layup with 5.8 seconds left tied it at 84.
Jalen Little scored 15, Lewis finished with 13 and Parker Wentz 10 for the Wildcats.
Nate Frye made two pairs of free throws in the final minute that pushed the Privateers (9-17, 5-10) ahead 83-79. UNO’s six-point advantage with 10:19 to play was the largest lead for either team in the second half.
Michael Zeno had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Privateers. Travin Thibodeaux and Christavious Gill each had 13 points, Frye 11 and Erik Thomas 10.
South Alabama 68, UL-Lafayette , 59: In Mobile, Alabama, Marquita Daniels scored a season-high 26 points to lead South Alabama over Louisiana-Lafayette in Sun Belt Conference play.
Daniels was 8-of-12 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line for the Jaguars (14-13, 10-8). She also had six rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Taylor Jenkins added 13 points and Colby Davis scored 11 for South Alabama. Chyna Ellis had nine points and 14 rebounds.
UL-Lafayette (18-9, 11-7) was pacxed by Keke Veal, who scored 26 points on 9-of-24 shooting and a 6-for-6 performance at the free-throw line. Simone Fields posted her third double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Kia Wilridge was plagued by foul trouble early on, but managed to finish with nine points for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
No. 1 UConn 80, Tulane 40: In Storrs, Connecticut, freshman Katie Lou Samuelson scored 21 points on senior day to lead top-ranked UConn.
Breanna Stewart added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies (28-0, 17-0 American), who extended the third-longest winning streak in program and women’s NCAA history to 65 games.
Kolby Morgan had 19 points for Tulane (19-10, 10-6), which jumped out to a 13-2 lead after the clearly emotional Huskies missed their first 12 shots.
The Huskies were behind 13-8 after a quarter, then outscored Tulane 72-27 the rest of the way.
Abilene Christian 80, UNO 70: In Abilene, Texas Alexis Mason scored 21 points to lead Abilene Christian (24-3, 15-1 Southland).
Alexis Martin paced the Privateers (7-18, 4-12) with 17 points. Shania Woods added 13 points and six rebounds, Danielle Davis scored 11 points and Randi Brown 10.
Central Arkansas 64, Southeastern 60: In Hammond, Maggie Proffitt scored a a career-high 32 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Central Arkansas (24-3, 14-2 Southland).
Nanna Pool paced Southeastern (4-23, 3-14) with 25 points and nine rebounds, passing 1,300 points for her career. Erica Hernandez added 15 points, and KaeLynn Boyd had eight points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals.
McNeese State 96, Nicholls 62: In Lake Charles, Mercedes Rogers had 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Frederica Haywood added 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead six players in double figures for McNeese State (19-10, 11-6 Southland).
Karrington Brown scored 17 points off the bench to pace Nicholls (9-17, 7-9). Taylor Morrison scored 13 on 5-for-5 shooiting, and Hope Pawlowski added 11 points.
LiAnn McCarthy scored six points to reach 1,000 points for her career.