LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Tyrone Watson had an accurate shooting touch from the floor and free-throw line, scoring 24 points and leading New Mexico State to an 81-56 victory over Southeast Louisiana on Thursday night.
Watson was 7-of-10 from the floor and made all 10 of his free throws.
The game was nip-and-tuck for the first 10 minutes, and New Mexico State pulled away for a 47-31 lead at halftime.
Southeast Louisiana (0-3) pulled to within 53-47 with 12:45 left in the game, but Mexico State went on a 28-9 run to finish it off.
Brandon Fortenberry scored 21 points, including three 3-pointers, for Southeast Louisiana.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
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