NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Desmond Haymon scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Saturday night to lead Stephen F. Austin to its 11th consecutive victory, 72-49 over Nicholls State.
Taylor Smith added 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and six blocks for the Lumberjacks (16-1, 7-0 Southland), who continued their best start to a season since joining Division I in 1987. Jacob Parker chipped in 13 points.
Fred Hunter led all scorers with 22 points and Jeremy Smith had 10 for the Colonels (4-12, 3-3), who shot 40 percent from the field and were outscored 40-18 in the paint. Nicholls State had just six assists and 15 turnovers.
Stephen F. Austin never trailed after the opening minutes, leading 36-23 at halftime and by as many as 26 in the second half. The Lumberjacks held their opponent under 70 points for the 49th consecutive game, a streak that dates to last season.
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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