Kennedy hit 9 of 12 shots and grabbed seven rebounds. Lawson had seven assists and six rebounds for the Cowboys.
After the game was tied at 49 early in the second half, McNeese began to build a comfortable lead, going on a 14-6 run to lead by eight points with 8:24 remaining. With 2:19 to go, Chudier Bile hit a 3-pointer for Northwestern State and the Demons trailed 76-71. Lawson answered with a 3-pointer for the Cowboys and they added 4 of 5 free throws in the final minute.
McNeese State faces Incarnate Word at home on Wednesday. Northwestern State plays at Nicholls State on Wednesday.
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