Smith scores 23 as Louisiana-Monroe beats Nicholls St. 95-68

Published Dec. 18, 2018 10:58 p.m. ET

MONROE, La. (AP) — Daishon Smith had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists and Louisiana-Monroe routed Nicholls State 95-68 on Tuesday night.

Michael Ertel had 17 points for ULM (6-4), JD Williams scored 15, Tyree White 11 and Travis Munnings 10. Jontray Harris grabbed 10 rebounds for the Warhawks.

Jeremiah Jefferson led the Colonels (5-6) with 13 points and Brandon Moore added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Warhawks led 34-12 with 7:41 remaining in the opening half and took a 49-32 lead into the break.

The margin was 20-plus points throughout much of the second half, but the scoring pace slowed dramatically in the final minutes. Nicholls went the last 6:58 without a field goal and ULM went the final 3:57 without a basket. Although the Warhawks shot 56 percent from the field for the game, they made only one of their last 10 shots. Nicholls made one of its last 13.