NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Desmond Haymon scored 16 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to lead Stephen F. Austin to an 84-30 victory over Howard Payne on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Haymon was 5 of 8 from the field, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Deshaunt Walker had 15 points and was 5 of 9 from 3-point range, as the Lumberjacks made 10 of 24 3-point shots. Taylor Smith added 12 points and Thomas Walkup was 5 of 5 from the field, with 11 points. Ice Asortse had 10 points and Nikola Gajic had four steals.
The Lumberjacks never trailed in the game, leading 36-14 at halftime.
Quelan Lancaster led Howard Payne with 6 points. Christian Davis, Michael Thompson, Travis Taillet, JaKalan Gayden and Ross Whittet each had 4 points.
The game marked the second time in three seasons that the Lumberjacks opened with Howard Payne, a Division III team.
Illinois coach John Groce says forward Leron Black has rejoined the team but will sit out the first six games next season after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault.
Penn State's board of trustees has approved allowing some fans to buy alcohol at the university's football and basketball stadiums, as well as other athletic facilities.
Auburn point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen will not play his senior season after battling shoulder problems over the last two seasons.
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|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|