NE Louisiana 58, SW Texas St. 54
MONROE, La. (AP) _ Northeast Louisiana parlayed Haashim Simmons’ 21 points and two blocked shots in the final seconds into a 58-54 victory over Southwest Texas in a Southland Conference game Thursday night.
The victory by Northeast (4-7, 1-1 in the Southland) knocked Southwest Texas (6-7, 2-1) out of a tie for first place in the conference standings. It also extended the Indians’ homecourt winning streak to 10 games.
With Northeast holding a 56-54 lead, Anthony Cook blocked a Dameon Sansom jumper in the lane with nine seconds remaining. Cook got the rebound, was fouled and hit both free throws at the other end to give the Indians a 58-54 lead.
Then, with two seconds left, Daryl Jones blocked a shot by Rodney Walton out of bounds. On SWT’s final attempt to get off a game-tying 3-pointer, Cook stole a pass at the top of the key.
Cook joined Simmons in double figures, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and four steals, stole a pass to the top of the key.
Sansom led the Bobcats with 15 points.
The blocks by Cook and Jones at the end of the game were two of nine rejections for the Indians. Simmons had three, and Cook and Dennis Newton two.