Richard's Late Three Powers Cowboys

Lake Charles-Patrick Richard knocked down a three point shot with 1.5 seconds left here Wednesday night to give McNeese State a 57-54 Southland Conference victory over Lamar.

The Cowboy senior had also popped in the first  free throw in a one and one attempt to tie the score at 54, setting up his three pointer when his second free try missed and was rebounded by teammate Desharick Guidry.

The victory left the Cowboys undefeated at 2-0 in league play and one of four teams in the SLC to be undefeated in conference action as Northwestern State, UT Arlington and Stephen F. Austin all posted victories to stay in that ranking.

Richard, who scored McNeese's final nine points, wound up with a game high 25 which is also his season high.

Also scoring in double figures for the Cowboys was Dontae Cannon with 13 points.

Devon Lamb led Lamar with 17 points while Charlie Harper scored 11 and Anthony Miles had 10.

"This is a very big win for us," said Cowboy head coach Dave Simmons. "We had our best player on the floor and he came up big for us.  In fact, we had some very good plays there late in the game.  Lamar is a good team and had us but we just came up with the big plays."

Lamar held a six point lead over the Cowboys at 54-48 with 1:16 left but McNeese scored the final seven points, Richard getting all nine of them.

McNeese ran its winning streak to two games and its overall mark to 6-8.  Lamar is now 11-6 overall.