Carpenter has scored in double figures in 10 of the 11 games.
The Bears committed 22 turnovers to the Colonels' 13. Nicholls State was 22 of 35 from the line, Central Arkansas 14 of 18.
The Colonels led 38-30 at the half and by as many as 10 points in the second. The only time the lead was less than four was when the Bears closed to 81-79 on Crawford's tip-in with 3 seconds left.