- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Justin Drummond scored 17 points and was one of four Toledo starters in double figures as the Rockets beat McNeese State 83-69 on Saturday.

Julius Brown scored 15 points, J.D. Weatherspoon added 12, and Nathan Boothe chipped in 10 to lead Toledo (7-4) to its fifth-straight win.

McNeese State’s Marcus Mathieu hit a jumper with 7:42 left before the break to bring the Cowboys within one point, 26-25. Toledo answered with a 21-5 run - which included five 3-pointers - to end the first half.

The Cowboys (5-4) closed within five points with 12:23 left in the second, but went the next 2:45 without a basket, allowing the Rockets back into a double-digit lead that they did not give up.

Kevin Hardy led the Cowboys with 20 points, and Desharick Guidry added 15 points and 12 rebounds as McNeese State clocked its first loss at home this season.

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