BEAUMONT, Texas – Senior guard Tevon Saddler recorded 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as the Nicholls State University men’s basketball team topped the Lamar Cardinals 79-74 Wednesday night at the Montagne Center.
Wednesday's win was also the fifth straight for Nicholls.
The Colonels improved to 13-8 overall and 7-1 in the Southland Conference, taking sole possession of first place with Southeastern Louisiana’s loss to Sam Houston State.
Nicholls also posted its first road victory over the Cardinals (12-9, 4-4 SLC) since 2014.
Fellow senior guard Roddy Peters added 28 points, matching Lamar’s Colton Weisbrod, on 9-11 from the field and 10-12 free throws. The Colonels committed a season-high 27 turnovers but offset that with 60-percent shooting, the highest in a league game during Riley’s tenure.
Nicholls took 14 less free throws in the opening half but erased a 13-2 Cardinals run with the help of 17 first-half points from Saddler.
The Colonels went into halftime leading 45-42.
Following Peters’ free throw to tie the game at 70 with 3:21 to play, senior Kimani Jackson turned a post move into a dunk and Saddler converted a layup to cap a seven-point run. A 3-pointer from Joey Frenchwood made it close at 76-74, but the Colonels knocked down their final three free throws and forced a miss to seal the win.
Other double-digit scorers for Lamar were Nick Garth (15 points) and Josh Nzeakor (12 points).
Nicholls returns to Stopher Gym Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3 and a Broussard Court dedication honoring legendary coach Rickey Broussard will take place prior to the contest.