The Demons (1-1) got 17 points by sophomore guard Zeek Woodley, 13 points and a career-high four steals from senior center Marvin Frazier and never trailed the Scots, an NAIA team that counted the contest as an exhibition and will do the same Tuesday night at Grambling. Northwestern State 75, Lyon College 64NATCHITOCHES, La. – Sophomore Tra’von Joseph had career-best scoring and rebounding production, with 10 each, while junior guard Jalan West’s 18 points, nine assists and five steals led Northwestern State over Lyon College 75-64 Monday night as the Demons opened their home schedule with their 400th win in 50-year-old Prather Coliseum. “We’re seeing the same thing early in the NBA season with some talented teams that haven’t clicked yet. It’s a process and as long as we bring a great work ethic and unselfishness to the court, we’ll make the progress we need,” he said. “We didn’t play badly, we moved the ball around very nicely at times, and sometimes we didn’t make the best decisions and didn’t play smart basketball. We’re just happy to walk away with a win and with some valuable experiences.” Lyon got a 33-point performance by Ben Worlow, who sank 13 of 15 free throws along with 10 of 18 shots. Brandon Brady added 12 points for the visitors, who also sank 25 of 29 free throws. The Colonels won many of the other major statistical battles, finishing with more steals, more blocks, more assists and fewer turnovers than North Texas. Nicholls also shot significantly better in the second period than they had in the first, going 5-of-12 from three-point-land and shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Huskies return to action when they travel to face UT Arlington Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at College Park Center in Arlington. “We got good effort, and Tra’von in particular earned what he got,” said NSU coach Mike McConathy. “That was a very well-coached, fundamentally sound and hard-working team we played. They made it difficult for us. We’re trying to learn how to play together. We’re looking for the right combinations and it’s not pretty to watch at times. The Demons will not be back at Prather until Nov. 29. Monday’s contest tipped a stretch of four games in eight days, with a Thursday visit to another NAIA program, LSU-Alexandria, before a Sunday game at No. 19 Oklahoma and playing at Texas Tech two nights later. Leading 19-9, the Huskies went on an 11-4 run to extend their lead to 30-13 with just under eight minutes to go. The Saints were within 18, but five-straight points by Lasher sparked a 12-0 run to give the Huskies a 46-18 lead with 2:51 on the clock and HBU took a 52-23 lead into halftime. HBU scored the first eight points of the game on baskets by four separate players, but Hillsdale scored back-to-back buckets to cut the Huskies’ lead in half. Senior center Ricmonds Vilde responded with a three-point play, then he blocked a shot on the other end that wound up as a breakaway dunk for sophomore guard Reveal Chukwujekwu. Odunsi buried a three to extend HBU’s lead to 16-4. HBU led 79-47 with 6:37 to go, then held Hillsdale scoreless for four-and-a-half minutes as the Huskies went up by 39 with just over two minutes on the clock. Abram Cobb and Ryan Hickerson each hit late threes for the Saints as the Huskies settled for a 36-point margin. Houston Baptist 89, Hillside Baptist 53Houston, Texas – All 16 Houston Baptist players scored as the Huskies shot more than 50 percent and rolled to an 89-53 victory over Hillsdale Baptist in non-conference basketball Monday night at Sharp Gym. Nicholls will look to correct its mistakes and accentuate its positives moving forward, although the competition will not get any easier. The Colonels fly to Las Angeles, California for a contest against UCLA at 10 p.m. central time on Thursday, before flying to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to face Wake Forest on Monday. – Return to Top – – Return to Top – HBU shot 58.8 percent from the field, including 3-for-12 from 3-point range, while Hillsdale shot 24.2 percent and 1-for-10 from long range. The Huskies went 9-for-11 and the Saints were 6-for-8 from the free throw stripe. Sophomore forward Colter Lasher hit 7-of-10 from the field to lead the Huskies (1-1) with 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Anthony Odunsi added 15 points, three assists and three steals, while senior guard Marcel Smith had eight points. Freshman center Josh Ibarra had a team-high 11 rebounds and six blocked shots, which tied for the most in a single game since HBU returned to Division I in 2007 with Mario Flaherty, who had six against South Dakota on Jan. 28, 2010. – Return to Top – Northwestern State hit six of its first seven shots while zooming on top 16-2. Lyon fought back within 36-30, but Joseph contributed a couple of layups in a 10-4 burst over the final 2:57 before halftime to put the Demons up 46-34. The visitors got no closer than 11 points afterward and twice trailed by 20. Northwestern State 75, Lyon College 64Houston Baptist 89, Hillside Baptist 53North Texas 71, Nicholls 57 North Texas 71, Nicholls 57DENTON, Texas – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team led midway through the first half, but could not overcome unforced miscues and an off shooting night, falling 71-57 against the University of North Texas on Monday at The Super Pit. Heading into the matchup, the Colonels knew that rebounding and free throw shooting would be the keys to victory. The Mean Green finished the contest with a 56-34 rebounding advantage, and made 34-of-44 free throw attempts, outscoring the Nicholls 34-10 at the charity strike. Chris Hobgood and Phil Carey led Hillsdale (2-5) with 13 points each. Marqus Moody added seven points and led the Saints with seven rebounds. The Mean Green lead hovered around 10 points for the majority of the second half, but ballooned to a 13-point advantage with 12 minutes remaining in the contest. The Colonels would not go quietly, chipping away at the lead to keep the game within reach. With four minutes remaining, Ja’Dante’ Frye nailed a jumper to pull Nicholls within seven. North Texas responded, pushing their lead back to double-digits before finishing on an 8-3 run to close out the ballgame. HBU shot 51.5 percent for the game, but only 5-for-21 from behind the arc, and 16-for-21 from the free-throw line. Hillsdale shot 29.3 percent from the field, 4-for-20 from 3-point range, and 15-for-22 from the free-throw line. The Huskies outrebounded the Saints, 46-33, and outscored them 48-16, in the paint. Odunsi stole the inbounds pass to start the second half and took it the distance for a layup, but Randall Henderson hit a jumper and a pair of free throws for Hillsdale. Smith threw an alley-oop to sophomore guard Caleb Crayton for a jam, Crayton made a steal and threw it ahead to Smith for a layup, then Smith came up with a steal and Crayton laid it in on the other end to put HBU ahead, 66-31, with 14:12 left. Jordan Williams paced the Mean Green in all three major categories, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Williams also connected on 11-of-12 free throw attempts. Muhammed Ahmed contributed six points for North Texas while pulling down 10 boards, and T.J. Taylor posted 14 points and seven rebounds on the night. The Colonels (0-1) led 12-9 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half, but poor shooting combined with a myriad of free throws for the Mean Green (2-0) was too much to overcome. Nicholls shot just 22.6 percent from the field and 0-13 from beyond the arc in the first period, resulting in a 31-21 advantage for North Texas at halftime. Frye led the Colonels offensively with 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Liam Thomas added 10 points while shooting 5-of-8 from the floor. T.J. Carpenter led the squad in both rebounds (seven) and assists (three), while adding seven points.