BEAUMONT, Texas -- DeQuan Hicks scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Northwestern State to its third straight victory in an 85-63 rout over Lamar on Thursday night.
Hicks was part of a Northwestern State (13-6, 7-2 Southland) bench which outscored the Cardinals' bench 63-7. The Demons led 38-27 at halftime and were up by as many as 29 in the second half.
Tied at 10, the Demons went on a 10-0 run capped off by an O.J. Evans dunk with 9:30 to play in the first half and Northwestern State never looked back.
Northwestern State shot 49.3 percent from the field and forced the Cardinals to turn the ball over 23 times. The Demons had 22 assists as a team.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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