Nicholls 92, Loyola NO 76

Bryan Hammond scored a career-high 20 points to lead six

Nicholls State players in double figures as the Colonels cruised

past Loyola (NO) 92-76 on Friday night, snapping a three-game

skid.

Nicholls State (2-6), which posted its highest point total since

beating Dillard 94-56 on Dec. 16, 2010, shot 61.5 percent from the

field in the first half (16 of 26) to lead 44-30.

After the Wolfpack of the NAIA, who counted the game as an

exhibition, got to 52-44 with 13:58 left, the Colonels answered

with a 10-0 run, sparked by 3-pointers by Shane Rillieux and

Lachlan Prest.

Nicholls State hit 9 of 19 from beyond the arc for the game.

Prest finished with 18 points, Sam McBeath 13, Rillieux and

Trevon Lewis 12 apiece and Chris Talkington 10.

Robert Lovaglio scored 20 and Corey Gray 17 to pace Loyola,

which was 33 of 41 from the free-throw line.