FARGO, N.D. -- Taylor Braun scored 16 points and North Dakota State rebounded from its loss to No. 1 Indiana with an easy 73-40 win over Mayville State on Saturday night.
Braun was 5 of 9 from the field and also picked up three steals. Chris Kading and Mike Felt came off the bench to chip in 15 points apiece for the Bison (2-1), and Felt had three of NDSU's four 3-pointers.
Steven Ivory Jr. had 20 points to lead the Comets, an NAIA program treating the game as an exhibition. Austin Emerson added 11, including three 3-pointers -- one of which gave Mayville State its only lead, 6-5. But Braun hit a 3, Kading made two baskets and Felt converted a three-point play, and the rout was on.
NDSU led 33-20 at halftime and by as many as 41 in the second half. The Bison shot 51 percent from the floor.
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.