SLC MBB: Nicholls secures regular season title

Nicholls St. 80, McNeese 67

LAKE CHARLES, La. — Powered by a trio of elite performances out of veterans Najee Garvin, Kevin Johnson and Ty Gordon, the Nicholls State University men’s basketball program (17-6, 14-2 SLC) claimed the program’s second Southland Conference regular-season championship of the past four years behind a clear-cut victory over in-state rival McNeese (10-12, 4-9 SLC), closing out the 2020-21 campaign with an emphatic 80-67 decision against the Cowboys on Thursday evening at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, La.

Despite a strong start from McNeese initially propelling the hosts out to a three-point halftime advantage, the Red & Gray battled back throughout a dominant second period of play, outpacing the Cowboys by a 46-30 margin en route to the eventual victory. Notably, the Colonels composed a 55.2 (16-of-29) overall shooting percentage over the course of the final 20 minutes, grabbing a one-point edge at the 13:16 mark and never looking back.