McNeese State rallied from 17 points down for a 68-63 victory over Sacramento State here Saturday night, giving Cowboy head coach Dave Simmons his 100th career victory.
Seniors Patrick Richard and Rudy Turner led a second half Cowboy turnaround that had them putting on a 28-10 run to take a 51-50 lead with 11:24 left in the game. During that run Richard and Turner both scored eight points.
Also during the run, the Cowboys made nine of their first 12 shots that included a four for five effort from three point range. In the end, McNeese outscored the Hornets 45-23 in the second half.
The victory sent the Cowboys record to 3-2 on the season and put them on a two game winning streak which they will carry into a Monday night outing with No. 18 ranked California in Berkeley.
Simmons, who is now in his sixth season as the Cowboy head coach, had his career record go to 100-114. He has now won 73 games as the McNeese head coach.
The Cowboys had three double figure scorers in the game with Richard leading the way with 19, 15 of them coming in the second half. Turner scored 14 points andJeremie Mitchell pitched in 11.
Sacramento State, now 3-2 on the season, was led by Joe Eberhard’s 16 points.
It was the second victory for McNeese in two outings with the Hornets. The Cowboys had won last year’s inaugural game in overtime in Lake Charles.
Richard with eight and Turner with six led the Cowboys in rebounding
In the first half the Cowboys went up by four points (13-9) early in the game but by the end of the period Sacramento State held a 40-23 lead.
McNeese ran into a hot shooting Hornet team, one that scored 28 of its 40 points in the paint and connected on 65 percent of its shots. On the opposite side, the Cowboys made only 33.3 percent of its first half shots (9 of 27) and but one of eight three pointers.
In the second half the Cowboys made 62 percent of their shots (18 of 29) and the Hornets connected on 34.6 percent (nine of 26).
Mitchell with seven points and Richard with four had led the team in the first half.
Sacramento State made the first basket of the game and held the lead until the Cowboys tied the score at nine and then went ahead on a steal and layup by Daniel Richard at the 14 minute mark. They got a layup by Will Brown to go up by four but the Hornets went on a 17-4 run, went up by nine and went on to the 17 point halftime edge from which the Cowboys recovered in the second half.