Southeastern Louisiana beats Nicholls State 84-65

Published January 30, 2010

| AP

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Patrick Sullivan and Trent Hutchin each scored a career-high 27 points and Southeastern Louisiana beat Nicholls State 84-65 on Saturday.

Rodney Jones added 11 points and Robert Tibbs 10 for the Lions (12-8, 4-3 Southland Conference), who outscored the Colonels 42-25 in the second half.

Sullivan, who also grabbed 12 rebounds in notching his 18th career double-double, scored four points in a 10-2 run that turned a 47-44 lead into a 57-46 advantage with 12:59 left.

The Lions finished 31-for-48 (64.6 percent) from the floor and 9-for-13 (69.2 percent) from behind the 3-point arc.

The Colonels, who lost at home for the first time in nine games dating to last season, got within 61-52 on a free throw by Anatoly Bose, but the Lions pushed their lead to 76-56 on a three-point play by Sullivan with 4:26 left.

Fred Hunter scored 27 points for the Colonels (7-13, 3-4).