THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State surged Saturday from a 41-26 point halftime deficit to end a five-game winning streak by the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears, 60-60.
After shooting 56.7 percent in the first half, the Sugar Bears (13-7, 7-2 Southland) went just six for 20 (30 percent) in the second period as the Colonels (11-9, 5-4) came out firing – outscoring UCA 29-8 in the first 13:30 to build a 55-49 lead that the Sugar Bears would not overcome as the Colonels improved to 8-1 at home this season. The Sugar Bears remain atop the Southland standings, a game ahead of the Colonels, who have won four straight, and Lamar.
The Sugar Bears trailed just 61-57 and had a chance to cut into the Colonels lead with 1:27 to go, but a turnover returned possession to Nicholls, which pushed its lead back to six on a layup by Jenny Nash with 1:00 to play. Nash then blocked a Kelsey McClure layup attempt on the other end, and the Colonels’ Emani White sank a pair of free throws to push the lead to eight with 45 seconds to go.
Micah Rice had 11 points for the Sugar Bears, with 10 coming in the first half as she became the 24th Sugar Bear and fifth in the school’s Division I era to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. She hit a pair of 3-pointers to move her career total to 159, passing Stephanie McNespey for third in program history.
Five Sugar Bears scored in double figures, with Courtney Duever leading the way with 13 and Kelsey McClure, Brianna Mullins and Terai Sadler joining Rice with 11. The 11 tied a season high for McClure.
Emani White, the Southland’s leading scorer at 18.5 points per game, had a game-high 23 including 21 in the second half. KK Babin had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Colonels.
The Sugar Bears return home next week to host Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday and New Orleans on Saturday.
THIBODAUX, La. — The free-throw line, the University of Central Arkansas’ major stumbling block all season, helped trip up the Bears again Saturday.
This time, it was the combination of Nicholls State’s accuracy vs. UCA inaccuracy.
The Colonels (10-8, 7-2) hit 21 of 23 free throws in pulling away in the second half to a 78-67 victory over the UCA men (5-15, 2-7). The Bears were 16 of 28.
Nicholls State also shot 51 percent from the field and a 12-3 advantage on points off turnovers.
LaQuentin Miles led UCA with 22 points and eight rebounds. DeShone McClure had 15.
Three players did most of the damage for the Colonels. Sam McBeath was eight of 11 from the field on the way to 20 points. Dantrell Thomas was six of nine with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Jeremeny Smith added 16 points.
Friday night, Central Baptist College’s men took a 39-25 lead in the first 15 minutes on the way to a 74-67 victory over York College in the first game of homecoming weekend at Reddin Fieldhouse.
York rallied in the second half and the score was tied three times before the Mustangs surged ahead for good.
Xavier Huskey, a 6-foot-5 sophomore led CBC with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Bryan Tardy added 14 and Jordan Chatters 13.
York won the women’s game, 100-78.