LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Kevin Hardy scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out seven assists as McNeese State beat Southeastern Louisiana 69-60 on Thursday.
Hardy's back-to-back second half dunks awakened the crowd and put McNeese State up 54-46 with 7:20 remaining.
McNeese State trailed 23-12 early in the first half, but closed the half on a 9-1 run to tie it at 29.
Evans' 3-pointer, followed by Julian Chiera's layup made it a six-point game with 35 seconds left, but McNeese State made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 24 seconds.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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