BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Donta Harper scored 21 points to lead four players in double digits as Gardner-Webb defeated Presbyterian 76-57 for its first 20-win season as a Division I member.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (20-11, 11-5 Big South Conference) have won seven straight games and secured the No. 2 South seed in the conference tournament.
Gardner-Webb used a 28-6 run to put the game away, starting on Jerome Hill's layup with 16:08 to play for a 38-35 lead. The Runnin' Bulldogs led 64-41 after Strange's 3-pointer with 6:38 remaining.
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.