MONROE, La. — Travis Munnings and Marvin Jean-Pierre scored 19 points apiece to help Louisiana-Monroe beat Southeastern Louisiana 86-75 on Thursday night.
Southeastern Louisiana cut a six-point halftime deficit to 50-48 with about 15 minutes to play. The Lions then went nearly eight minutes without a field goal as the Warhawks answered with a 14-2 run to make it 64-50.
Southeastern Louisiana rallied again on a 20-8 spurt, capped by reserve Eddy Polanco’s four-point play and 3-pointer, to pull to 72-70 with 4:26 remaining. The Warhawks ended the game with a 14-5 surge. Jean-Pierre had six points in the final stretch.
Michael Ertel added 18 points, hitting 4 of 8 3-pointers, for Louisiana-Monroe (1-2).
Polanco had 23 points and made four 3-pointers to lead Southeastern Louisiana (1-2).
It was the 92nd meeting between the teams, but just the first since Dec. 10, 2012, when the Warhawks won at home 68-61.