McNeese St. 74, SE Missouri 61

Patrick Richard scored 27 points and McNeese State extended its

winning streak to eight games, beating Southeast Missouri State

74-61 on Saturday.

Richard went 8 of 14 from the floor and made all three of his

3-point attempts for the Cowboys (15-10) in the Bracket Busters

matchup. Desharick Guidry finished with 10 points and a team-high

nine rebounds.

Southeast Missouri State led 49-47 with 12:59 left in the second

half when Tyler Stone knocked down a jumper. About four minutes

later, McNeese State pulled ahead by four points, 55-51, on a layup

by Daniel Richard.

Southeast Missouri State cut the margin to three points on

Michael Porter’s layup with 3:18 to play. But the Redhawks were

held scoreless the rest of the way by the Cowboys, who closed the

game with 10 straight points.

Nick Niemczyk scored 18 points for Southeast Missouri State

(14-13), which lost its second straight game.