McNeese cruises past Ecclesia, 103-68

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LAKE CHARLES – Harwin Francois and Christian Shumate each scored 19 points to lead McNeese to a 103-68 win over Ecclesia College Monday night in a men’s college basketball exhibition game.

Five Cowboys scored in double-figures, led by Francois and Shumate. Zach Scott added 18 points while Johnathan Massie scored 16 and Trae English 10.

McNeese led 49-38 at the half but turned up the defense in the second half, out-scoring the Royals by a 54-30 margin.

The Cowboys shot 49 percent for the game (35-71) that included 45 percent from three-point range (17-38). McNeese held a 42-31 advantage in rebounds with Shumate and Dionjahe Thomas pacing with nine apiece.

Ecclesia was led in scoring by Elochukwu Nwodo’s 12 points.

McNeese returns to action on Friday when it visits Northern Iowa and will then take on 20th-ranked Iowa State on Sunday before returning home on Dec. 15 against UL Lafayette.

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