With his layup with 53 seconds to play in OT, Thomas scored his 1,001th career point, becoming the 24th player in Nicholls history to reach the milestone.
The lead traded hands 10 times in the first half and McNeese State led 44-41 at halftime. Nicholls State scored three quick baskets for a 47-44 lead in the second half, and the lead flip-flopped seven more times until Smith tied it at 72 with a layup and time ran out.
The Colonels ripped an 8-1 run in overtime and pulled away.
Leaving early for the NBA is a risky decision. Some players -- Skal Labissiere, Dejounte Murray -- slid in the draft. Some -- Isaiah Taylor, Troy Williams -- weren't drafted at all.
College basketball coaches across the country will hit the recruiting trail hard in July to target the Class of 2017's top prospects. Which players are the nation's top programs targeting?
The Tar Heels could lose Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks after next season. Coach Roy Williams has nearly every top-10 2017 prospect on his board.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|