ABILENE, Texas – For the first time since 1998, the Nicholls State University men’s basketball team has won four straight road Southland Conference games by topping Abilene Christian 69-65 Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum.
Seniors Jahvaughn Powell and Roddy Peters each scored 18 points apiece as Peters flirted with a triple-double, tallying nine rebounds and seven assists. Senior Lafayette Rutledge totaled 12 points, and fellow senior Kimani Jackson added his second double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.
With the win, Nicholls remained in first place in the Southland Conference.
The Colonels (15-9 overall, 9-2 SLC) were down 35-33 at the break despite 13 first-half points from Powell and a heave from Rutledge in the final seconds.
Nicholls converted just 38 percent from the field in the opening half.
Leading 48-47 with 12:39 to play, Rutledge drained a 3-pointer that sparked a 15-2 run to increase the margin to 63-49.
The Wildcats (14-11, 6-6 SLC) battled back with 11 straight to make it a one-possession game at 63-61 before Peters increased Nicholls’ lead with back-to-back layups. Up three with 42 seconds to go, Nicholls forced two misses and knocked down a free throw to put the game out of reach.
Peters scored 12 second-half points, contributing 5-7 field goals to a 50-percent mark (14-28) for the squad. Abilene Christian’s Jalen Lewis manage 18 points and 21 rebounds in the loss.
The Colonels open a two-game home stretch Saturday against Houston Baptist University. Tipoff from Stopher Gymnasium is set for 3 p.m.