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.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.
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