KATY, Texas — Keelan Garrett scored the last five points of overtime Wednesday as No. 5 seed McNeese State rallied past eighth-seeded Southeastern Louisiana 62-60 in the opening game of the Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament.
Garrett had been 3 for 14, all 3-point attempts, when he tied the game at 60 on a 3-pointer with 1:39 left.
Kevin Hardy stole the ball from Dylon Maggio with 1:02 left and sent it ahead to Garrett for the go-ahead layup. Garrett finished with 14 points for the Cowboys (15-15), who face fourth-seeded Northwestern State on Thursday.
Southeastern (9-23) missed four field-goal attempts in the final minute.
The Lions led 48-41 with 8:21 left in the second half, but McNeese rallied to 55-all on Lance Potier’s basket with 2:30 left which capped the scoring in regulation.
Cedric Jenkins and Onochie Ochie scored 25 of the Lions’ 27 first-half points. Jenkins finished with 27 and Ochie with 12.
Louisiana Tech 84, Florida Atlantic 74: In Birmingham, Alabama, Whitney Frazier scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 7 seed Louisiana Tech to a come-from-behind win over No. 10 seed Florida Atlantic Wednesday in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.
Louisiana Tech (16-14) advances to face No. 2 seed Middle Tennessee Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in a game that will be streamed live at AmericanSportsNet.com.
After a back-and-forth first hand that saw the teams trade leads seven times, Florida Atlantic (13-17) took control with a 9-0 run in the final 90 seconds of the first half for a 42-31 halftime lead.
In the second half, Louisiana Tech went with a bigger lineup featuring 6-foot-4 Kevione Moten, 6-2 Brandi Wingate and the 6-0 Frazier. The Techsters had 16 offensive rebounds in the second half and scored 28 points in the paint.
Chrisstasia Walter scored 16 points while adding eight assists, five rebounds and three steals. Wingate added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists; and Moten finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
Ali Gorrell led FAU with 24 points while Shaneese Bailey added 19 points.