Flowers hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and went 10 for 10 from the foul line.
Western Michigan led by 20 early in the second half before McNeese rallied, drawing within eight points with 6:50 remaining. A.J. Lawson made a fast-break layup and the Colonels were within six with 2:06 to go but they finished 0-for-5 from the field.
A.J. Lawson had 21 points for the Cowboys. Shamarkus Kennedy added 15 points and 13 rebounds. Dru Kuxhausen had 10 points.
Western Michigan plays at Milwaukee on Saturday. McNeese State plays at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
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