THIBODAUX, La. -- Brandon Pye hit a critical 3-pointer with 1:56 left to give Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all the points it needed for a comeback win Saturday at Nicholls State 70-65.
Joy Williamson capped a 10-0 run for the Islanders to take the lead for good at 65-61 with 4:38 remaining. Williamson made two more free throws and Pye's 3-pointer put Texas A&M-CC up 70-65.
Jeremy Smith made a jumper to bring Nicholls State within three with 54 seconds to go. He also had the chance to send the game to overtime on a last-second 3-point attempt, but the Islanders forced a tough shot that rimmed out.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats' upward trajectory suggests 2016-17 could finally be the season it happens.
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, and Tyler Dorsey will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, sources told ESPN.
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