HAMMOND, La. -- Brandon Fortenberry scored 26 points and Southeastern Louisiana defeated Lamar 86-72 Saturday, sweeping the season series in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Lions (12-17, 10-8 Southland Conference) have won two straight after a four-game skid. They led by eight early, but the Cardinals pulled ahead 20-18 with 8:01 left until halftime.
Southeastern Louisiana quickly regained the lead on Dre Evans' 3-pointer, but Lamar stayed close until a 6-1 Lions spurt made it 35-28 at halftime.
The Cardinals, who lost the previous contest 67-63 on Jan. 7, trailed by 19 before making it 75-68 with 2:08 remaining, but could get no closer.
Jeffery Ricard added 16 points and Evans 10 for the Lions, who had already clinched the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the league tournament.
Donley Minor's 18 points led Lamar (3-28, 1-17), which has lost eight straight and set a single-season record for losses.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he may explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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