COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Ned Cox scored 15 points Tuesday night as Evansville opened a big halftime lead, then eased to a 62-50 victory over Tennessee Tech in nonconference play.
Cox, who led all scorers and hit three 3-pointers while dishing six assists, led the Aces (3-2) to a 33-17 halftime lead. D.J. Balentine, who came off the Evansville bench to score 11 points, hit three treys himself.
In the second half, Tennessee Tech (3-1) outscored Evansville 33-29 but that wasn't nearly enough.
The Golden Eagles were just 19 for 50 from the floor (38 percent). They hit 7 of 18 3-point attempts. Dennis Ogbe led Tennessee Tech in scoring with 10 points, and guard Lanerryl Johnson came off the bench to score 10 more.
Evansville shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, connecting on 24 of 49 shots (49 percent). The Aces also had a 31-21 rebounding edge.
Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes.
Point guard Jaylen Fisher, who reopened his recruitment after coaching changes at UNLV, has committed to TCU over a long list of schools.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
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