TOLEDO, Ohio -- Rian Pearson registered his third double-double in his last four games with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Toledo past McNeese State 79-66 Saturday in nonconference play.
The Rockets (13-11), of the Mid-American Conference, have won two straight and seven of their last eight games.
Leading 17-16, the Rockets surged ahead with a 16-4 spurt that began with four 3-pointers, two by Matt Smith.
Toledo took its biggest lead, at 66-42, before the Cowboys (11-14) closed the gap to 11 with 4:26 left. Pearson converted a three-point play and a layup to end the threat.
Smith and Reese Holliday added 13 points apiece for the Rockets, while Dominique Buckley and Julius Brown scored 10 apiece. Brown also tied his career high with 11 assists to register his third career double-double.
Jeremie Mitchell's 18 points led McNeese State, of the Southland Conference, which saw its two-game winning streak end.
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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