INDIANAPOLIS -- Dantrell Thomas scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Nicholls State beat IUPUI 62-56 on Wednesday night.
Jeremy Smith had 12 points and four rebounds. Liam Thomas had five points, seven rebounds and two blocks. T.J. Carpenter came off the bench to score 14 points. Nicholls State hit 40 percent from the field overall and 63.2 percent from the line.
The Colonels (3-5) came back from a five-point deficit early in the first period to lead by two at the break. A back-and-forth second half broke for the Colonels with a Carpenter 3-pointer with 3:50 left to play. A Thomas dunk, a layup by Sean McBeath, and another 3-pointer by Carpenter followed to put Nicholls State up by a seven-point margin in the final seconds.
Marcellus Barksdale scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the Jaguars (4-9).
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.
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Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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