HAMMOND, LA (KPLC) – Southeastern Louisiana opened up the first 6:20 against McNeese on a 13-4 run then took a double-digit lead just two minutes later that was never cut back down to single numbers as the Lions rolled to an 88-52 Southland Conference win over the Cowboys Saturday afternoon.
Handicapped with just seven scholarship and two walk-on players, the Cowboys (7-18, 3-9) gave up 80 or more points for just the second time in 12 league games (Lamar scored 84 in a win over McNeese back on Feb. 2) while the 88 points is the most allowed in conference action.
A lot had to do with the sharp aim of the Lions (13-13, 9-9) who are one of the hottest teams in the league, now having won 9 of their last 10 games.
SLU connected on 59 percent of its shots from the field (30 of 51) and 64 percent in the second half (16 of 25). That total number included 16 whopping three-pointers made for the game, eight in each half, and 59 percent for the game.
Sha’Markus Kennedy and James Harvey were the only double-figure scorers for the Cowboys, Kennedy leading the way with 20 points while Harvey added 13.
McNeese shot just 16 of 50 for 32 percent for the game and was 5 of 19 from long range for 26 percent.
The Lions also dominated the boards with a 38-23 advantage and scored 11 second chance points while netting 13 points off of 14 Cowboy turnovers.
Trailing 44-22 with 1:02 to play, McNeese closed the half on a 5-0 run behind a couple of Jarren Greenwood free throws and a three-pointer by Will Robinson to cut the margin to 44-27 at the break.
A Kennedy jumper in the paint pulled the Cowboys to within 50-36 with 15:22 to play but the Lions responded with seven straight points that included a 3 by Von Julien who was one of five Lion players to score in double-figures as he finished with 10 points.
Another 7-0 run by the Lions followed when the Cowboys clipped a 22-point deficit down to 19, this time SLU’s Marlain Veal helping ignite the run with one of his three treys on the day to put the Lions up by 26 at 66-40 with 9:13 to play. Veal finished with 11 points and seven assists.
McNeese never managed to get the deficit under 20 the rest of the game.
Lions’ forward Moses Greenwood led the team with 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds while Parker Edwards added 14 and Kajon Brown 10.
Kennedy led the Cowboys with seven rebounds and Kevin Hunt had a team-high four assists.
All nine active players on the roster saw at least 10 minutes of action with six of those scoring.
The Cowboys will return home for a Wednesday night matchup against Central Arkansas. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at the H&HP Complex.