TOLEDO, Ohio -- Rian Pearson registered his third double-double in his last four games with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Toledo past McNeese State 79-66 Saturday in nonconference play.
The Rockets (13-11), of the Mid-American Conference, have won two straight and seven of their last eight games.
Leading 17-16, the Rockets surged ahead with a 16-4 spurt that began with four 3-pointers, two by Matt Smith.
Toledo took its biggest lead, at 66-42, before the Cowboys (11-14) closed the gap to 11 with 4:26 left. Pearson converted a three-point play and a layup to end the threat.
Smith and Reese Holliday added 13 points apiece for the Rockets, while Dominique Buckley and Julius Brown scored 10 apiece. Brown also tied his career high with 11 assists to register his third career double-double.
Jeremie Mitchell's 18 points led McNeese State, of the Southland Conference, which saw its two-game winning streak end.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.
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