SLC MBB: Gordon leads Nicholls past NSU; Clergeot nets career-high for SLU

Story courtesy: Nicholls, SLU, UIW, SHSU, SFA Athletics

Nicholls State 76, Northwestern State 66

Anchored by a dynamic double-double performance from redshirt junior Ty Gordon, the Nicholls State University men’s basketball program (5-5, 3-1 SLC) kicked off the team’s league road slate by securing a third consecutive Southland Conference victory, knocking off Northwestern State (2-13, 1-3 SLC) by a 10-point mark, 76-66, Wednesday evening at Prather Coliseum.

For the game, Nicholls finished shooting 42.4 percent (28-of-66) from the floor, 22.7 percent (5-of-22) beyond the arc and 62.5 percent (15-of-24) at the free throw line.

Gordon, who closed out the game flirting with a triple-double, had to settle for the squad’s first double-double of the season instead, notching 17 points with 11 boards while dishing out a team-best eight assists. The redshirt junior has now breached the double-digit plateau in nine of his career 10 games donning the Red & Gray, including each of the last seven.

Once again, redshirt junior Najee Garvin impressed in the Colonels’ frontcourt, recording a game-high 19 points in yet-another tie of his career-best. Just a week ago against Lamar, the South Carolina native posted a career-tying 19 points as well, and has paced the Red & Gray on the scoreboard ever since (team-high 17 points vs. Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday).

Redshirt senior Andre Jones continues to quietly make an impact as well, as his 13 points in tonight’s win over the Demons now marks his fourth straight contest with a double-digit scoring performance.

In somewhat similar fashion, senior Ryghe Lyons has found his rhythm as the Red & Gray rim protector, as the Slidell native swatted another three blocks tonight in his fourth consecutive multi-block game.

Flying under the radar as well, freshman Pierce Spencer crashed the glass hard off the bench for the Colonels, pulling down a team-second best eight boards.

Following yet-another solid conference victory, the Red & Gray aim to maintain their momentum as the road swing continues, trekking further north to Central Arkansas for a Saturday afternoon contest against the Bears.

Southeastern Louisiana 76, A&M-Corpus Christi 63

Senior Keon Clergeot scored a career-high 26 points for the Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball in the Lions’ 76-63-win Wednesday night over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the University Center.

Clergeot, a Winter Haven, Florida native, finished 5-for-13 from the field and 14-for-15 from the free throw line. The Lions’ leading scorer also added four assists.

Sophomore Nick Caldwell finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Lions (3-9, 1-2 Southland). The Geismar, Louisiana native was 6-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.

The Islanders (3-7, 0-1 Southland) had three players score in double figures led by Nolan Bertan with 20 points on five three-pointers. Perry Francois and Myles Smith each had 11 to pace A&M-Corpus Christi.

SLU’s Gus Okafor had a game-high 13 rebounds as the Lions outrebounded A&M-Corpus Christi, 37-31.

Southeastern will be back in action Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. when they face Abilene Christian (10-2, 2-0 Southland) in Abilene, Texas at Moody Coliseum.

Incarnate Word 83, McNeese 61

Freshman Logan Bracamonte and sophomore Keaston Willis got the University of the Incarnate Word men’s basketball out to a fast start as the two nailed each of their first two 3-point attempts to give the Cardinals a 12-0 lead before McNeese got on the board. That was the start UIW was looking for against Southland Conference foe, McNeese, on Wednesday night, cruising to an 83-61 victory over the Cowboys inside the McDermott Center in the Cardinals’ Southland Conference home opener.

Freshman GG Ezedinma also posted a career-best 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting, adding a team-high five rebounds, an assist, block and a steal as he was all over the floor. Lutz polished off the night with 13 points, hitting three treys, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the line and dishing out five assists.

The Cardinals shot 57.7% (30-for-52) and a season-high 59.3% (16-for-27) from 3-point range while limiting the league’s best 3-point shooting squad to 29.4% (5-for-17).

Carlos Rosario led the Cowboys with 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting and KeyShaun Feazell added 17 on a night where the nation’s top 3-point shooter from a year ago, Dru Kuxhausen, was held to five points.

UIW hosts Southland Conference preseason favorite SFA on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Cardinals take a quick trip to Beaumont on Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. before hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Sam Houston 96, Lamar 71

Lamar jumped out to a quick lead, but it was all Bearkats after that.

The Sam Houston State men’s basketball team coasted to a 96-71 victory over the Cardinals at Johnson Coliseum Wednesday night to improve to 10-5 overall and 4-0 in Southland Conference action. The Bearkats shot a red-hot 55.4 percent from the floor and 45.2 percent from 3-point range to claim their seventh straight victory.

Junior Zach Nutall led the Bearkats with a game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. He was 11 for 14 from the field (78.5 percent) and five for seven from behind the arc (71.4).

Senior Demarkus Lampley scored 17 points and hit three of his six 3-point attempts. Freshman Bryce Monroe finished with 15 points on three for seven shooting from long range, and freshman Jarren Cook chipped in 11 points.

Sam Houston held Lamar to just 18.2 percent shooting from behind the arc. The Bearkats also outrebounded the Cardinals 41-30.

SHSU hosts Houston Baptist on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. 

SFA 95, Central Arkansas 69

A dominant second half effort propelled the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team past Southland foe Central Arkansas inside William R. Johnson Coliseum on Wednesday, 95-69. The ‘Jacks built up a double-digit lead at the halftime break and put the pressure on the visitors in every way in the second half, riding a 52-38 scoring advantage in the frame to a lopsided final score. SFA improves to 6-2 on the season and 2-0 in league play with the rout, the third straight win over UCA in the series. 

Cameron Johnson totaled 21 points on the night, leading a group of five Lumberjacks to finish in double figures. Gavin Kensmil (17), Roti Ware (14) Nigel Hawkins (12) and Nana Anwti-Boasiako (10), each tallied ten or more points in the contest. 

Kensmil led the ‘Jacks with ten rebounds to secure the double-double, while Ware tied a career-high with seven assists and Kensmil, Anwti-Boasiako and Calvin Solomon led SFA with three steals apiece. Solomon had two blocks for SFA on the night. 

The Lumberjacks turned 19 UCA turnovers into 34 points on the other end, capitalizing on poor ballhandling by the Bears. SFA also held a healthy lead down in the paint, tallying 46 points down there compared to 26 by UCA. The ‘Jacks also tallied a 54.8 percent shooting clip from the field (34-62) and went 18-323(78.3 percent) from the charity stripe. 

SFA has now three straight against the Bears and 22 of the 24 games played in the series. 

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