Hot-shooting Central Arkansas clobbers Nicholls 84-65

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Rylan Bergersen scored a career-high 25 points and Hayden Koval added 21 as Central Arkansas clobbered second-place Nicholls 84-65 on Saturday, breaking the Governors’ four-game win streak.

The Bears (10-18, 9-8 Southland Conference) broke away with a 20-6 run over nearly nine minutes of the first half, holding Nicholls to 3-for-17 shooting, including 0-for-6 from deep. Bergersen scored seven of his 25 points during the run.

Nicholls (18-10, 12-5) was held to a season-low 18 points on 24% shooting in the first half while the Bears scored 41 — their largest halftime lead of the season. The loss drops Nicholls out of second place, landing a half-game behind Abilene Christian.

Dexter McClanahan had 20 points for the Colonels (18-10, 12-5), Warith Alatishe added 15. Andre Jones had 15 points and six assists.

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Central Arkansas takes on Abilene Christian on the road next Saturday. Nicholls State plays Houston Baptist on the road on Wednesday.

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