LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Roydell Brown and Sha’Markus Kennedy combined to score 54 points and pull in 29 rebounds as both recorded double-doubles to help lead McNeese to a 91-73 win over Campbellsville-Harrodsburg Sunday afternoon in the final tune-up before starting Southland Conference play at Incarnate Word on Wednesday.
Kennedy led the way with 30 points, the team’s first 30-point scorer on the season, to go along with 12 rebounds while Brown added 24 points and 17 boards.
“I just did what coach asked me to do,” said Brown who also had a highlight reel, windmill dunk in the second half. “I do whatever I can to help the team out.”
Brown had four of the Cowboys’ six dunks on the night, including one in the first half where he leapt just inside the free throw line and floated to the rim for the one-hander.
As a team, McNeese (4-9) shot 53 percent for the game (35 of 66) and dished out 26 assists on the 35 made shots.
“It’s great to see that number,” said head coach Heath Schroyer who mixed up the starting lineup, going with a smaller unit of four guards (Jarren Greenwood, Trey Touchet, James Harvey, Brown) and a forward (Kennedy). “We went with a smaller lineup and our guys were moving the ball around.”
Touchet dished out a career-high 11 assists which is the most by a Cowboy since 11 by Kevin Hardy in March of 2014.
“Trey was really good,” said Schroyer. “He was connecting us on both sides of the floor.”
Harvey added 15 points while knocking down five 3s and became the 30th player in school history to top the 1,000 career points scored milestone.
But despite the range of good numbers, Schroyer wasn’t all that pleased with the way the Cowboys played.
“I didn’t think we played particularly well,” he said. “In the first half, we didn’t take care of the ball. But anytime you play against five 6-foot guards, as crazy as it may sound, that makes it a little difficult. Plus playing after Christmas after a few days off makes it challenging.
“But I thought Roydell and Sham did an incredible job. I thought we made some shots and with the smaller lineup, we moved the ball around.”
McNeese led 50-38 at the half and led by as many as 22 points with just under nine minutes to play after stringing together 13-2 run to climb from an 11-point advantage to a 78-56 lead with 8:46 to play.
Campbellsville, who was led by Antoine Darby’s 15 points, pulled to within 82-70 with 2:55 to play but the Cowboys strung together a 7-0 run, sparked by a Kevin Hunt 3 and layup, to get back up by 20 with 33 seconds remaining.
Kennedy, who scored 20 points in the first half, connected on 13 of 14 from the field and added a blocked shot in 26 minutes of action. He hit his first nine shots before missing a layup which he got his own rebound and was fouled. Eleven of his field goals were layups, one a tip-in and one a dunk.
The Cowboys finished the game with 52 points scored in the paint.
McNeese held a 49-33 advantage in rebounds and sank 8 of 22 from three-point range