THIBODAUX, La. -- Taylor Smith scored 17 points as Stephen F. Austin won its fifth straight and 11th in its past 12 games, defeating Southland Conference foe Nicholls State 63-51 Thursday night.
Smith hit 8 of 10 from the field and added six rebounds and four blocks. Desmond Haymon scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, while Antonio Bostic added 12 points for the Lumberjacks (21-2, 12-1).
Fred Hunter hit 10 free throws in 13 attempts en route to 20 points for the Colonels (6-16, 5-7), and has now scored 20 or more in four straight games.
Nicholls State made just 44.4 percent (16 of 36) from the field and 1 of 8 from 3-point range.
Stephen F. Austin countered by shooting 53.3 percent (24 of 45), including 6 of 12 from 3-point range, and had 15 assists to the Colonels' eight.
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
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