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.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
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