HAMMOND — Jimmie Duplessis converted a pair of layups, and Cedric Jenkins scored a third to bring Southeastern Louisiana back from five-points down with just over four minutes to play and secured a 55-54 win over Abilene Christian on Saturday.
The Lions (9-17, 6-7) have clinched a spot in the Southland Conference tournament but still can improve its seed position.
Abilene Christian held a five-point lead at the break, 33-28, but the Lions scored the first six points of the second half to take the lead, 34-33 and used a second 6-0 run to make it 42-37.
Zay Jackson scored 24 points to lead Southeastern, which shot 52.5 percent from the field (21 of 40), including 2 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Parker Wentz scored 22 points to lead Abilene Christian (9-17, 3-10), with Austin Cooke adding 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 86, NICHOLLS STATE 71: In Nacogdoches, Texas, Jacob Parker and Clide Geffrard scored 20 points apiece as Stephen F. Austin rolled over Nicholls State to remain one game behind conference-leader Sam Houston State in the Southland Conference standings.
Parker, who made 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, picked up his 101st career win at Stephen F. Austin (22-4, 12-1 Southland Conference). Geffrard, who had 14 points in the first half, was 6 of 10 from the floor and 8 of 8 from the line. Thomas Walkup added 13 points and Demetrious Floyd had 11.
SFA led 41-30 at the half and stretched that to 63-44 midway of the second period.
The Lumberjacks had their 32-game conference win streak snapped last Saturday when Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored an upset, 71-63. SFA bounced back to beat Incarnate Word 90-76 on Monday night. Ja’Dante’ Frye and Richie Lewis had 13 points each to lead Nicholls (7-16, 4-9).
ABILENE CHRISTIAN 83, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 65: In Hammond, Southeastern’s Taylin Underwood had a career-high 22 points in the Southland Conference loss at the University Center.
Underwoodhit a career-high six 3-pointers for SLU (7-18, 3-11 Southland), which lost for the sixth straight game. Abilene Christian (15-10, 7-7 Southland) won its fourth straight game as four Wildcats scored in double figures.
Southeastern’s Nanna Pool finished with her 10th double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
ACU’s Suzzy Dimba (23 points, 15 rebounds) and Sydney Shelstead (14 points, 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles.