DENTON, Texas (AP) _ Alvydas Pazdrazdis scored 18 points, including two free throws in the final 24 seconds, to lead McNeese St. to a 60-56 Southland Conference victory over North Texas on Monday night.

McNeese St. (9-14, 5-10) led 27-21 at the half, but the Eagles (13-9, 8-6) bounced back and took a 41-33 lead, with 8:39 left in the game.

Damon Wordlaw, who scored 12 points for McNeese, hit two key 3-pointers as the Cowboys scored eight consecutive points to tie the game at 53. The two teams battled until 24 seconds remained on the clock. McNeese moved ahead for good as Paul Curtis scored and Pazdrazdis added his two free throws.

North Texas was led by Tom Etchison, whose 12 points included four 3-pointers. Etchison also grabbed six rebounds. Tony Jones and Sean Lathan each scored 10 points for the Eagles.

Harry Boudreaux had seven rebounds for the Cowboys.