After Southeastern Louisiana scored 11 straight points to pull within 51-47 with 5:37 remaining, Niles converted a four-point play and Bell-Holter followed with a three-point play to help the Golden Eagles (14-8, 9-1 Southland) pull away for good and earn their sixth straight victory.
Oral Roberts led 29-25 at halftime and scored the first eight points of the second half. The Eagles extended the lead to 51-36 with 8:05 remaining on a 3-pointer by Mickey Manghum and a steal and layup by Niles before Southeastern Louisiana responded with an 11-0 run capped by Evans' 3-pointer with 5:37 remaining.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|