HAMMOND — Ja’Dante’ Frye had 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Nicholls State held off a late rally from Southeastern Louisiana 75-69 in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday night.
Frye capped the scoring for both teams on a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left shortly after Southeastern pulled within four points on Daniel Grieves’ three-point play.
The Colonels (10-18, 7-11 Southland) used an 11-4 run to pull ahead 59-48 on Travis Julien’s jumper with 9:38 left. Nicholls State led by at least eight for the next six minutes.
Grieves’ three-point play in the final minute capped a 9-2 run for the Lions (9-22, 6-12).
Amin Torres added 14 points and Sam McBeath scored 11 for Nicholls State.
Cedric Jenkins had 24 points to lead Southeastern Louisiana. Devonte Upson added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Grieves finished with 16.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 88, UNO 78: In Natchitoches, Jalan West scored 33 points and Northwestern State wrapped up a share of third place in the Southland Conference with an 88-78 win over UNO on Saturday.
Northwestern State (18-11, 13-5) finished the regular season tied with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the Islanders earned the No. 3 seed into the conference tournament based on tiebreaker criteria. Northwestern State is the No. 4 seed. Both have a first-round bye and play Thursday in Katy, Texas.
West scored eight of the Demons’ final 18 points in the first half for a 52-35 halftime lead and cruised to the finish line.
UNO (10-17, 6-12) qualified for the conference tournament.
NICHOLLS STATE 77, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 74: In Hamond, Southeastern’s Elizabeth Styles became the first player in SLU women’s basketball history to top both 1,000 career points and 500 career assists.
Styles finished with 21 points, six assists and steals to lead SLU (7-22, 3-15 Southland) in the season finale.
Nicholls (17-12, 13-5) was led by Jenny Nash, who finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
UNO 72, NORTHWESTERN STATE 70: In Natchitoches, a timely rebound or one final stop likely would have given Northwestern State the No. 5 seed in next week’s Southland Conference tournament.
Instead, UNO grabbed a key offensive rebound in the waning seconds and held on to defeat the Lady Demons in the regular-season finale at Prather Coliseum.
The Lady Demons (15-14, 10-8) dropped their final two regular-season games.
UNO (8-19, 6-12) got a 6-for-8, 15-point second-half performance from Randi Brown, who finished with 23 points. Northwestern State’s Janelle Perez had a career-high 31 points, including four 3-pointers.