DENVER -- Royce O'Neale scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists to lead Denver past visiting Mercer on Wednesday night 69-40.
Denver (2-4) led 15-13 with 11:23 to play in the first half after Daniel Coursey hit a lay-up for the Bears, but the Pioneers struck back, outscoring Mercer 18-6 capped by an O'Neale lay-in at the buzzer to make it 33-19 at halftime.
The Pioneers, which ended a four-game losing streak with the win over the Bears, outscored Mercer 36-21 in the second half and shot 54.7 percent from the field including seven 3-pointers and had 19 assists as a team.
Coursey was the only player in double figures for Mercer (4-5), scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
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.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite