HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Marlain Veal came off the bench to match his career-high of 28 points and spark Southeast Louisiana to an 87-70 romp past Central Arkansas Wednesday night.

The Lions roared to a 46-29 advantage at the break and cruised to the finish, shooting 57.6 percent from the field (34 of 59), including 7 of 23 from long range.

James Currington contributed 16 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds and Eddy Polanco added 13 points.

Jordan Howard scored 17 points to pace Central Arkansas (8-21, 7-9), with Darraja Parnell and Thatch Unruh adding 13 and 12, respectively. No starter reached double-figure scoring for the Bears.

The Lions (15-14, 8-8 Southland) close out the regular season with games at Nicholls and at conference-leading New Orleans.

Central Arkansas (8-21, 7-9), which now has lost three straight, closes out the regular season at home against Stephen F. Austin and at Northwestern State.