THIBODAUX, La. -- Fred Hunter scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half, when Nicholls State shot 75 percent on the way to a 92-79 victory over New Orleans on Monday night.
The Colonels (1-2), who hadn't played since Nov. 16, showed no signs of rust while making 15 of 20 first-half shots, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range, to lead 47-31.
Hunter made all four of his shots in the half, along with 7 of 8 free throws.
JaMarkus Horace added 17 points for Nicholls State, with 15 coming in the second half, when the Privateers (2-3) got no closer than 10 points.
Lovell Cook scored 15 points and Rarlensee Nelson had 13 points and nine assists for New Orleans, which currently plays as a Division I independent but will join Nicholls State next season in the Southland Conference.
Purdue coach Matt Painter says players haven't used the fifth-year graduate transfer rule for its true intent.
The dust has settled after players made their NBA draft decisions. Which college teams won? Which lost? Well, Villanova is pretty happy. USC, meanwhile, might not be as thrilled.
The 2017 recruiting class is short on point guards, with Trevon Duval leading only eight prospects from the ESPN 60 who are still available.
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