Dantrell Thomas scored 23 points and Nicholls State went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the game's final 26 seconds to seal the Colonels' 65-61 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night.
Thomas was the final of three Colonels players to hit 2 of 2 from the charity stripe in the final seconds, turning a 59-57 advantage into the final margin of victory.
Sam McBeath chipped in 18 points for the Colonels (6-15, 2-7 Southland Conference), who won for just the second time in their last 10 contests.
After overcoming an early deficit, Nicholls State stayed close to Texas A&M-CC for most of the game. But, with the Islanders leading 52-51 with 7 minutes left, Thomas scored six straight points, including knocking down a 3-pointer, to start an 8-1 run. The Colonels led the rest of the way.
Terence Jones led the Islanders (4-17, 3-6) with 18 points.