Lions rally in 2nd half for 91-86 victory over Cowboys

Published 8:59 am Friday, February 11, 2022

The Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball team scored 57 points in the second half on its way to beating McNeese, 91-86, Thursday night at the University Center

SLU (13-12, 5-3 Southland) shot 66 percent on 19-for-29 shooting in the second half as it improved to 7-1 at home this season. The Lions also tied a season-low with just eight turnovers.

Southeastern had four players in double figures led by Gus Okafor with a game-high 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting. The Baltimore native also snatched nine rebounds and added a steal. Jalyn Hinton was perfect from the field, finishing with 18 points on 9-for-9 shooting. Keon Clergeot also added 18 points while Joe Kasperzyk chipped with 15 to aid the Lions’ effort.

Sophomore point guard Roscoe Eastmond had a stellar game leading the Lions’ offense. The Denver University transfer had 11 assists becoming the first Lion since Marlain Veal to have 10 or more assists in a game. Veal had 10 assists in a win over Stetson back on Nov. 17, 2018. Eastmond finished Thursday’s win with four steals and just one turnover.

McNeese (9-16, 3-5 Southland) was led by Christian Shumate with 23 points on 11-for-19 shooting. Harwin Francois added 17 for the Cowboys while Jonathan Massie and Brendan Medley-Bacon had 11 and 10, respectively.

The Lions fell behind early as the Cowboys built a 40-30 lead late in the first half.

Southeastern, despite shooting 7-for-26 (26 percent) from the three-point line for the game, rallied back in the second half. With McNeese leading 48-41, the Lions went on a 19-7 run to take a 60-55 lead with 12:18 remaining.

SLU continued their second half offensive onslaught as they built an 84-73 lead with 3:19 to go. The Cowboys never got closer than five points the rest of the way as Southeastern defeated McNeese for the third straight time.

The Lions finished the game 33-for-60 (55 percent) and 18-for-25 for 72 percent from the free throw line. The Cowboys were 35-69 from the field (50.7 percent) and were 8-for-26 from three-point range.

Next up, the Lions will host HBU (8-13, 4-4 Southland) Saturday at 4 p.m. in the University Center. The teams have split this year with the Lions beating the Huskies, 90-81 back on Jan. 6 in the Southland Tip-Off. The Huskies returned the favor with a 93-80 win Feb. 5 in Houston.

Fans can watch the live broadcast of Saturday’s game on ESPN+. Live stats will be available for both games with links located at the Southeastern men’s basketball schedule page at LionSports.Net.

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