HAMMOND, La. -- Brandon Fortenberry scored 22 points and Southeastern Louisiana held off Sam Houston State to snap a two-game losing skid with a 69-65 victory Thursday night.
The Lions (6-11, 4-3 Southland Conference) were behind 30-27 at halftime and trailed until Dre Evans' 3-pointer put them ahead 38-37 with 15:50 to play.
Terrance Motley's jumper quickly put the Bearkats (11-8, 4-3) back ahead, but after Darius Gatson's basket made it 40-38 Sam Houston State, Roosevelt Johnson's layup sparked a 5-0 Southeastern Louisiana run to put the Lions ahead for good.
Southeastern Louisiana never led by more than seven, and the Bearkats twice cut the lead to two points in the final 30 seconds, the last on Gatson's free throw with 4 seconds remaining. Johnson responded with two free throws, though, and Sam Houston State's Paul Baxter missed a desperation 3 to end it.
DeMarcus Gatlin led the Bearkats with 15 points.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite
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