KATY, Texas (AP) Kellon Taylor had a career-high 22 points as McNeese defeated Northwestern State 80-67 in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament on Wednesday night.

Trae English had 12 points for the Cowboys (11-21). Zach Scott added 11 points and Christian Shumate grabbed 10 rebounds.

Carvell Teasett had 20 points for the Demons (9-23). Kendal Coleman added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Cedric Garrett had 12 points and three blocks.

McNeese advances to play No. 3 seed New Orleans in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

---

For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP-Top25

---

Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com

Copyright 2022 STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.