HAMMOND, La. — Eddy Polanco scored seven of his 19 points in the final minute to help Southeastern Louisiana fight off Central Arkansas’ comeback bid for an 89-84 win on Saturday night.
Mathieu Kamba, who had a career-high 30 points, slammed home a dunk with 1:48 remaining as Central Arkansas closed to 76-75. Joshua Filmore and Polanco responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to push the advantage to 82-77. Polanco, who finished 11 of 11 from the line, then added four consecutive free throws to seal the win.
The Bears roared out to a 43-35 halftime advantage. Southeastern Louisiana opened the second half on a 17-6 run to go ahead 52-49. The Loins took the lead for good, 63-57, when Polanco scored six straight unanswered points.
Jordan Capps led the Lions (14-10, 8-3 Southland Conference) with 26 points. Filmore added 18 and Moses Greenwood chipped in 13. Marlain Veal had 11 assists and four steals.
Kamba also had 10 rebounds for Central Arkansas (12-12, 6-5). Jordan Howard added 25 points.