HAMMOND, La. -- Brandon Fortenberry scored 11 of his 23 points during a key, late stretch to lift Southeastern Louisiana over McNeese State 79-68 Thursday night.
Fortenberry scored his 11 as the Lions (11-17, 9-8 Southland Conference) outscored the Cowboys 13-5 in the final 5 minutes to blow open what was a 66-63 contest.
Southeastern Louisiana snapped a four-game losing streak and avenged a 65-58 loss to McNeese State on Feb. 19.
Craig McFerrin led McNeese State (12-16, 6-11) with 18 points -- tying a season high -- and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year, each of which have come in the Cowboys' last two games. Kevin Hardy added 14 points and seven assists.
McNeese State has lost two in a row and three of four.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats' upward trajectory suggests 2016-17 could finally be the season it happens.
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, a source told ESPN.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
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