JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Travis Wallace scored a season-high 26 points as North Florida defeated Kennesaw State 85-60 Monday night in the conference opener for both teams.
Wallace had 18 points in the second half. North Florida (7-7, 1-0 Atlantic Sun) had a 13-point lead at halftime. Kennesaw State would get within 12 points, 62-50 on Nate Rucker's jumper before the Ospreys closed on a 23-10 run. Wallace was 9 of 14 from the field, and 8 of 10 from the line. He scored a career-high 29 points against Kennesaw State last season.
Charles McRoy added 14 points for North Florida. It was the Ospreys' fifth-consecutive home win, and the 90th career coaching win for Matthew Driscoll.
Rucker scored 18 points, and Orlando Coleman added 13 with eight rebounds for Kennesaw State (3-11, 0-1), who have lost six straight.
Nicholls State has hired former Clemson assistant coach Richie Riley as their new men's basketball coach.
Ed Cooley and the Friars added one of the last remaining ESPN 100 prospects in Diallo.
Kory Holden, the No. 2 available transfer in ESPN's rankings after averaging 17.7 points last season for Delaware, is transferring to South Carolina.