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Southeastern Louisiana falls to Nicholls State; 71-64 in SLC men's tournament

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With both teams shooting in the 40% range and the score tied most of the game, the No. 5 Nicholls State Colonels held on to defeat the No. 8 Southeastern Louisiana Lions by the score of 71-64 in the first game of the Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament at the Merrell Center in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas on Wednesday afternoon, March 12, 2014.

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After 20 minutes of play, the score was tied at 35, with neither team able to gain an advantage, as they headed to the locker room.

The Colonels outscored the Lions 36-29 in the second half to take the game and advance to the next round of the tournament where they will face No. 4 Northwestern State.

Dantrell Thomas led the scoring for Nicholls, shooting 11-of-15 from the free thrown line and 7-of-12 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, to score 27 of the Colonels’ 71 points.

T.J. Carpenter added 13 with six other players in single-digit scoring.

The Lions had three players in double figures; Dre Evans with 15, followed by Antonnio Benton with 12 and Jeffery Ricard with 11.

Liam Thomas tallied 12 of Nicholls’ 40 rebounds; accounting for 10 on the defensive end of the court.

The lead changed 10 times during the game along with nine ties during the 40-minute contest.

Nicholls' largest lead was 10 points with 17 seconds remaining in the game.

Southeastern Louisiana finished their season with a 12-18 mark, while Nicholls raised their record to 14-14.

The Southland Conference men’s tournament continues on Thursday, March 13 with 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. games.

Fans can watch day one and day two games of the tournament free on the Southland Conference Digital Network by clicking here.