NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Jalan West scored 26 points in 22 minutes as Northwestern State trounced East Texas Baptist 118-77 Friday night in each team's season opener.
West, a redshirt freshman, added eight assists, three steals and four 3-pointers to his stat line in his career debut.
East Texas Baptist held close through the game's opening possessions, but Shamir Davis' layup two minutes in ignited a 17-2 Northwestern State run that put the Demons up 21-6.
Northwestern State strolled to victory from there. The Demons shot 62.5 percent (25 of 40) from the field in the first half en route to a 62-40 halftime advantage.
Davis, who moved this season from point guard to shooting guard to make room for West, had 19 points and three assists.