MONROE, La. -- Amos Olatayo tossed in 22 points, 16 in the first half, to spark Louisiana-Monroe to an 86-52 win over Samford Monday night.
Olatoyo shot 10 of 13 from the field, hitting 2 of 4 from 3-point range to lead the Warhawks (1-1), who got their first win in decisive fashion at home.
The Warhawks shot 50 percent from the field (34-for-67) despite missing their first three shots of the game and falling behind. By intermission they had a 44-27 lead and out-scored Samford by the same margin in the second half.
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.