McNeese State had one of its better shooting games of the season in posting a 77-48 Southland Conference basketball victory over Central Arkansas here Saturday.
The Cowboys, who have won three of their last four games, knocked down 58.3 percent of their three point shots, 55.8 percent of their total field goals and 75 percent of their free throws.
McNeese also held a 41-28 rebound advantage as the Cowboys notched their fifth victory in 12 league games and their 11th in 24 contests on the year. Central Arkansas fell to 3-10 in the SLC and to 13-14 overall.
The Cowboys led from the outset and ran up a 37-24 halftime advantage. In that first half McNeese missed only 12 shots from the floor, only two from three point range and was perfect at the line.
Kleon Penn, the Cowboys' 6-11 center, led the McNeese scoring attack with 15 points while Jarvis Bradley and Diego Kapelan had 14 each. A total of 11 McNeese players got into the scoring column.
John Pichon led McNeese in rebounding with eight with Bradley and Penn getting seven each and Penn also blocking six shots.
The Bears had only one double figure scorer and that was Nate Bowie who hit for 13, four under his league leading average.
A tight defense by the Cowboys forced Central Arkansas into one of its worst nights shooting the basketball. On the game the Bears connected on only 23 percent of its field goals and but 14.3 percent of its three point shots.