KATY, Texas (AP) Kellon Taylor had a career-high 22 points as McNeese defeated Northwestern State 80-67 in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament on Wednesday night.
Trae English had 12 points for the Cowboys (11-21). Zach Scott added 11 points and Christian Shumate grabbed 10 rebounds.
Carvell Teasett had 20 points for the Demons (9-23). Kendal Coleman added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Cedric Garrett had 12 points and three blocks.
McNeese advances to play No. 3 seed New Orleans in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
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