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Southland Conference Tournament 2013 results and bracket: McNeese State, Sam Houston State advance to Thursday's quarterfinals

McNeese State and Sam Houston State both won first-round games on Wednesday night to advance in the Southland Tournament. Each will take the court again in quarterfinal play on Thursday.

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The Southland Conference opened their tournament on Wednesday night, with a pair of teams notching victories allowing them to advance to Thursday's quarterfinals.

In the opening game of the evening, No. 8 McNeese State shocked No. 5 Nicholls State, 62-59, thanks to a big night from guard Dontae Cannon. The senior scored a game-high 23 points, including the go-ahead bucket with 24 seconds left. Kevin Hardy added 11 points for McNeese State, which now advances to face the No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Thursday afternoon.

In the second game of the double-header, No. 6 Sam Houston State cruised to a 69-63 victory over No. 5 Central Arkansas.

Like McNeese, Sam Houston State got big performances from two players, with guard Darius Gaston pouring in 19 points and forward James Thomas notching a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Bearkats will next play No. 3 Oral Roberts in Thursday's second quarterfinal game.

To view the entire Southland Conference bracket, please click here.

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