LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- C.J. Collins scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to lift McNeese State past Florida Atlantic 72-68 on Friday night.
McNeese State's P.J. Alawoya scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double.
The Cowboys (2-2) played well underneath the basket, outscoring Florida Atlantic (3-4) 22-18 in the paint, and winning the rebounding battle 41-40.
Patrick Richard and John Pichon scored 11 points, while Elbryan Neal added 10 for the Cowboys.
Paul Graham led Florida Atlantic with 16 points, followed by Xavier Perkins and Shavar Richardson with 13 each. Perkins also tallied a team-high 11 rebounds.
McNeese State shot 44.6 percent (25 of 56), while Florida Atlantic was 22 of 63.
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