KATY, Texas — Anthony Odunsi hit 12 of 12 free throws and finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Asa Cantwell scored a career-high 15 to help fourth-seeded Houston Baptist beat No. 5 seed Southeastern Louisiana 73-68 in the quarterfinals of the Southland Conference tournament Thursday.
Colter Lasher added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Isaiah Robinson grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds with six blocked shots for Houston Baptist.
The Huskies (17-15) will face top-seeded Stephen F. Austin (25-5) in the semifinals Friday.
Cantwell hit four of his career-high five 3-pointers in the first half as HBU took a 33-20 lead into the break.
Southeastern Louisiana opened the second half with a 17-2 run — capped by Joshua Filmore’s 3 — to take 37-34 lead with 14:49 left and it remained close until an 11-2 spurt — including six points by Lasher — put the Huskies in front 61-53 for good.
Jordan Capps led Southeastern Louisiana with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
SAM HOUSTON STATE 60, NICHOLLS STATE 59: In Katy, Texas, Dakarai Henderson scored the winning layup with less than a second left, and Sam Houston State beat Nicholls State in the second round of the Southland Conference tournament.
Henderson’s basket capped an electric, three-basket sequence that proceeded with no stoppage of play. It started with Aurimas Majauskas’s jumper that gave the Bearkats a 58-56 lead with 15 seconds left. T.J. Carpenter answered with deep 3-pointer that put the No. 7 seed Colonels ahead 59-58 with 5.9 seconds left. Henderson then went coast-to-coast, finishing high off the glass.
The third-seeded Bearkats (18-14) will face No. 2 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Friday night’s semifinals.
Majauskas scored 16, Torry Butler added 12 with 10 rebounds and Jamal Williams had 10 points for Sam Houston State.
Quinton Thomas scored 10 for the Colonels (11-23), who took their first lead in over 24 minutes when Tre O’Neal’s two free throws made it 54-53 with 2:06 left.
SAM HOUSTON STATE 73, NICHOLLS STATE 64: In Katy, Texas, Shernise Robertson scored a game-high 20 points as seventh-seeded Sam Houston State eliminated sixth-seeded Nicholls State.
Nicholls finished the season at 10-19, while Sam Houston improved to 12-17 and advances to the second round to take on No. 3 Stephen F. Austin.
Tia Charles scored 17 points to lead Nicholls, which shot just 30 percent from the field. A 7-for-32 first-quarter led to a 20-10 deficit after the opening period.
Nicholls trailed by as much as 19 in the second quarter before climbing back in the second half.
Taylor Morrison added 11 points for Nicholls, which trailed 36-21 at halftime but opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run. Nicholls missed all seven 3-point attempts in the first half but connected on five in the second.
Sam Houston countered with five straight points to lead 41-30. But two 3-pointers Nicholls, one from freshman Cassidy Barrios and one from Charles, put the score at 43-37 at the 4:03 mark in the third. The Bearkats responded as a Kamry Orr 3-pointer before the buzzer gave SHSU a 55-42 advantage.
A free throw by Hope Pawlowski pulled Nicholls within 63-58 with 3:10 remaining, but Robertson hit her fifth 3-pointer of the night to deflate the comeback.