NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Fred Hunter posted his third straight double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds as Nicholls State defeated Southland Conference-foe Northwestern State 93-78 Thursday night.
DeQuan Hicks led five Northwestern State players in double figures with 19 points. James Hublin added 16 points and 11 rebounds, Shamir Davis 13 points, Brison White 11 and Jalan West 10 for the Demons (10-6, 4-2), who committed 23 turnovers.
Nicholls State turned those errors into 24 points and led 39-22 at the break after holding Northwestern State to 7-of-33 shooting in the first half.
Northwestern State shot 55 percent (22 of 40) in the second half but Nicholls State answered by making 15 of 25 shots (60 percent) in the frame to pull away.
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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