Nicholls battles past A&M Corpus Christi in overtime, 83-80

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THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team recorded a fifth-straight victory Saturday evening, outlasting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in overtime, 83-80, on Broussard Court in Stopher Gymnasium.

Ty Gordon scored a team-high 21 points and put Nicholls (16-9, 6-2 SLC) ahead for good with a 3-pointer just a minute into overtime. He added a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining to give the Colonels a three-point edge before the Islanders’ Simeon Fryer missed a potential game-tying 3 at the buzzer.

Gordon was one of four Colonels to score in double figures, joined by Pierce Spencer (17 points), Latrell Jones (16), and Manny Littles (13) who had a double-double with 13 rebounds before fouling out. Fryer paced Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 21 points as well, and Trevian Tennyson added 20.

After surrendering the lead before the break as the Islanders (16-9, 3-5 SLC) went on a 12-2 run, Nicholls found itself down by as much as 12 in the second half. But an impressive stretch by the defense kept AMCC scoreless for nearly nine minutes as Nicholls scored 12 consecutive points to tie the game at 68-68. The Colonels used two buckets by Ryghe Lyons, a field goal and free throw by Littles, and Jones capped it off with a layup and a 3-ball.

In the final minute, the Islanders took the lead with a pair of free throws and Jones followed with the play of the night, notching a steal in the press and sinking a layup while being fouled. But he misfired on the free throw to keep the score at 70. The Colonel defense came up with a stop on the final possession as Terrion Murdix’s runner was off the mark.

Despite never trailing in the extra period, Nicholls’ lead was never more than three points. But every time AMCC cut the deficit to one, the Colonels responded. Spencer had two of the answers with a pair of field goals in the final two minutes.

With Nicholls up by three and 40 seconds on the clock, the Islanders picked up a steal and breakaway layup by Jalen Jackson. They were forced to foul and Gordon delivered with his two free throws. As a team, Nicholls made 13 of 18 from the line.

Lyons blocked a shot on the final possession before Fryer’s 3 at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

Nicholls held the visitors to 34 percent shooting. After trailing 43-41 at halftime, the Colonels allowed only 37 points the rest of the game on 29 percent from the field.

Nicholls will play two more home games this week, starting with its annual Stuff Stopher game on Thursday, Feb. 17 against rival McNeese. Tickets can be purchased online here.

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