LaBarrius Hill's dunk with 32 seconds left brought the Cowboys to within 80-78 but Nicholls (10-8, 4-1 Southland Conference) made 5-of-6 free throws the rest of the way. Down 83-80, Myles Hutchinson missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left.
Jahvaughn Powell's jumper with 7:18 to go put the Colonels up 63-62 and they never trailed again. McNeese led 43-41 at the break in a first half where neither team led by more than four (23-19, McNeese).
Mannion, who recently reclassified and is ESPN's No.11 overall player in the class of 2019, chose Arizona over Marquette.
He'll fit in with Sean Miller's plans for a faster tempo on offense.
The cream of the crop of American high school basketball will congregate in Colorado Springs from Oct. 5-7, as USA Basketball unveils its newly expanded Junior National Team minicamp in collaboration with the NBA, NCAA and NBPA.
|Stephen F. Austin||14-4||1||28-7|
|Sam Houston St||12-6||3||21-15|