NCAA Basketball

Peters hits late FTs to help Nicholls beat Houston Baptist

HOUSTON (AP) Roddy Peters scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half, including two free throws with 21 seconds left, to help Nicholls beat Houston Baptist 72-71 on Saturday night.

Peters made 8 of 15 from the field, 8 of 12 from the free-throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists. Stevie Repichowski hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and Tevon Saddler scored 10 for Nicholls (9-8, 3-1 Southland Conference).

Ian DuBose hit a 3-pointer to give Houston Baptist (4-12, 0-3) a 69-66 lead with 1:54 to play. Peters answered with a jumper late in the shot clock and, after a steal by Nicholls' Ryghe Lyons, Peters was fouled by David Caraher on a shot in the lane. After the shot, HBU's Edward Hardt and Peters were each called for a technical foul. Peters missed both foul shots before Nicholls' Jahvaughn Powell and David Caraher traded two free throws apiece to give the Huskies a 71-70 lead, and the ball, with 58.4 seconds left. After another HBU turnover, Peters' free throws gave the Colonels the lead.

DuBose missed a layup, Caraher grabbed the offensive board and missed the putback. He pulled down another offensive rebound, but Hardt missed a runner in the lane as time expired.

Caraher led the Huskies with 26 points and DuBose scored 19 with 10 rebounds.

The game featured 14 ties and 15 lead changes.

Updated January 7, 2018

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