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SE Louisiana 70, Nicholls 65

HAMMOND, La. -- Brandon Fortenberry scored 21 points, Roosevelt Johnson had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Southeastern Louisiana held off Nicholls State 70-65 in a Southland Conference game on Saturday.

The Lions (5-9, 3-1) have won four of their past five games.

Fred Hunter had 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Nicholls State (3-11, 2-2), and Jeremy Smith scored 19 and Dantrell Thomas 14.

Southeastern led by as many as 12 points in the second half at 45-33 with 14:38 to go on Johnson's two free throws, but Nicholls State gradually pulled to 56-50 with 5:38 left on Hunter's jumper.

Johnson hit two free-throws for a 62-52 lead at 3:23, but the Colonels closed to 64-63 on Thomas' six straight points ending at 1:02.

Antonnio Benton hit a jumper and Fortenberry made two free throws for a 68-63 Lions lead at 26 seconds, and Southeastern held on.

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