The Colonels (9-19, 8-9 Southland Conference), who came in having lost seven of their past nine games, shot 59.4 percent (19 of 32) in the first half. Leading 18-17, they blew the game open with a 29-4 run, going into halftime ahead 47-21.
The Cardinals made only 9 of 20 field goals before the break.
Hunter finished 9 of 11 from the field, Thomas was 8 of 12 and JaMarkus Horace made 8 of 11 to finish with 16 points.
Nicholls State had a 56-36 advantage in the paint and scored 27 points off 20 Lamar turnovers.
Who are the best NBA prospects in the 2017 draft class? Chad Ford gives his top five and previews the big storylines to watch for next year.
Cal shooting guard Jordan Mathews, who averaged 13.6 points as a sophomore, has decided to transfer to Gonzaga.
Maria Taylor and Peter Burns share the greatest moments of the year around the conference.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|