DeAndre Harris scored a career-high in points for the second straight game, this time with 42, as the Nicholls State men’s basketball team held off University of Incarnate Word, 94-84, in the Southland Conference opener.
Nicholls (8-6, 1-0 SLC) led by as much as 19 in the second half before UIW (5-7, 0-1) made a late surge to make it a four-point game with 90 seconds to play. Harris came up with two big plays down the stretch, finding Liam Thomas for a layup before making up for two missed free throws as he rebounded the second and turned it into a three-point play for an 87-80 lead. The Colonels made seven free throws the rest of the way, led by Thomas with four, to earn its eighth win of the season.
Coming off a 35-point game against Spring Hill on Wednesday, Harris made 12-of-24 from the field and 15-of-21 at the free throw line to set the new career mark. He had 22 points in the first half last game and scored 26 against UIW. Harris made three 3-pointers and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals before fouling out with 24 seconds remaining.
Nicholls will look to start 2-0 in conference as they host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday night.