Hammonds, Oklahoma State rolls to dominant victory
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Leyton Hammonds had 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as Oklahoma State rolled to a 117-72 victory over New Orleans Wednesday night.
Six different players scored in double digits for Oklahoma State (3-0), which hit the 100-point plateau for the third consecutive game.
Hammonds had just eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first two games combined, getting completely shut out in the Cowboys' opener, and surpassed those totals in the first eight minutes against New Orleans.
Erik Thomas scored 18 points and had five rebounds, while Jorge Rosa contributed 14 points, for New Orleans (1-1).
The Cowboys led from wire-to-wire, jumping out to a big lead early and building on it the rest of the way. They led 68-36 at halftime, with their first-half offensive output setting a new school record.
New Orleans: Following a 103-67 win over Division III LaGrange College last Friday in their season opener, the Privateers appeared out of their depth for much of the night. After holding LaGrange to just 36 percent (23 for 64), New Orleans allowed OSU a 53.5 shooting percentage. Starting forward Makur Puou scored 10 points and had eight rebounds against LaGrange, but was held off the score sheet while picking up four rebounds. New Orleans also turned it over just 11 times in the opener, but had 23 in this one.
Oklahoma State: For a team that had already scored 102 points in each of its first two victories, the Cowboys found another offensive gear this time. With no starter playing more than 20 minutes, Oklahoma State still received 13 points and eight assists from Jawun Evans, while Phil Forte scored 13. Jeffrey Carroll scored 14 points with three steals off the bench, while freshman Lucas N'Guessan scored 11 points with six rebounds, and fellow freshman Lindy Waters also scored 11. But among all the impressive statistics was that they turned the ball over just 10 times, including just twice in the first half.
New Orleans will remain in Oklahoma, visiting Tulsa on Saturday. The Golden Hurricane lost its opener 84-73 to Jacksonville State last Friday.
Oklahoma State next travels to Hawaii to take part in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament on Monday, first facing the UConn, who have started 0-2 so far this year.