LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Kalob Ledoux scored 17 points, Stephen Ugochukwu and Jacob Ledoux added 12 apiece, and McNeese rallied to beat Lamar 69-60 in Saturday's regular-season finale but missed getting the eighth and final berth in the Southland Conference Tournament.
McNeese (11-17, 8-10), which entered tied for eighth with Abilene Christian and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, needed to beat Lamar and for either the Wildcats or Islanders to lose, but Abilene Christian beat Incarnate Word on Saturday.
Jacob Ledoux's free throw amid a 10-2 run put the Cowboys up 46-45 and they led 55-53 on Jarren Greenwood's 3 before Garth tied it with a jumper. Quatarrius Wilson's free throw sparked a 7-0 run for a 62-55 McNeese lead and the Cowboys outscored the Cardinals 6-5 in the final two minutes.
Lamar led 37-35 at halftime after hitting five 3 pointers on 39.5 percent shooting from the field to the Cowboys' 50 percent.
Greenwood scored 11 points and Wilson had 10 with 12 rebounds for the Cowboys, who played their final game in Burton Coliseum, which will be replaced by a new facility.
Kevin Ollie is accusing UConn of violating his constitutional rights by firing him for cause, thereby avoiding the eight-figure payout that a termination without cause would have demanded.
Former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen will declare for the NBA draft in case the NCAA does not allow him to play at South Carolina.
Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel, who averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds during his sophomore season, has declared for the NBA draft.
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