Thomas leads Nicholls to 61-57 win over Houston Baptist

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THIBODAUX, La. (AP) Freshman Quinton Thomas blocked a shot, stole the ball and made a free throw after being fouled with 3 seconds left to give Nicholls a 61-57 victory over Houston Baptist on Tuesday night.

Thomas who finished with a career-high 18 points, hit a jumper with 40 seconds left for a 60-57 lead.

HBU's Anthony Odunsi got his own rebound off a missed free throw and went up for a shot with 14 seconds remaining. Thomas blocked it, grabbed the ball and was fouled.

Nicholls (4-9, 1-2 Southland Conference), which had struggled in the second half in its previous two conference games, fell behind in this one, but charged back for the win. The Huskies were up 57-52 with 4:35 left. Nicholls scored the final seven points for the win.

Sam McBeath had 11 points for Nicholls.

Colter Lasher had 14 points and Odunsi chipped in 13 for Houston Baptist (6-8, 1-3).