THIBODAUX, La. -- Dantrell Thomas, who had 21 points, made two free throws with five seconds remaining to secure a 64-61 victory for Nicholls over Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference play Saturday.
The game was tied at 59 with 39 seconds remaining when T.J. Carpenter was fouled. He made one free throw. Thomas then stole the ball from Southeastern Louisiana's Devonte Upson, fed Jeremy Smith who made a layup for a 62-59 lead with 17 seconds remaining.
Nicholls (5-6, 2-0) led 20-10 at the 7:42 mark following a Sam McBeath jump shot. The Colonels held a 28-24 advantage at the half. Southeastern Louisiana (5-8, 0-2) took the lead 49-48 on a Dre Evans jumper at the 6:49 mark of the second period. There were five lead changes in the final six minutes.
Carpenter had 13 points and Jeremy Smith added 12 for the Colonels.
Upson led the Lions with 16 points.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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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