THIBODAUX, La. -- Kevin Hardy made the game-winning dunk Saturday and McNeese State repelled Houston Baptist's comeback charge to survive 70-68.
With 26 seconds left and the game tied 68-68, McNeese State (6-12, 4-2 Southland Conference) had the opportunity to run the clock down for a final shot.
The Cowboys spread the floor for Hardy who freed himself with a crossover dribble, drove through the center of the lane and elevated above three converging HBU defenders for the two-handed flush with 7.2 seconds left.
Hardy finished with 15 points and Ledrick Eackles led the Cowboys with 20.
HBU (4-14, 1-5) used an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 66-64, and tied the game at 68 prior to McNeese State's final possession. After Hardy's dunk, Rob Lewis missed a 3-point attempt for HBU as time expired.
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