NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Brison White scored a career-high 20 points to lead Northwestern State past McNeese State 78-63 Thursday in the Southland Conference opener for both teams.
Northwestern State shot 60 percent (18 for 30) in the first half and held McNeese State to 36.1 percent (13 for 36) in the period to take a 43-31 lead into halftime.
McNeese State got within one-point in the second half, 46-45, on Dontae Cannon's free-throw at the 15:12 mark, but Northwestern responded with a 24-10 run to take a 70-55 lead with 4:12 left to play.
Northwestern State held McNeese State (6-5) to 35.1 percent (13 for 37) shooting in the second half.
James Hulbin had a career-best four blocks to help the Demons match a season-high with 10 blocks.
Cannon led the Cowboys with 15 points.