JOHN TRANCHINA, Associated Press
STILLWATER (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 — for just the second time in school history and first since the 1993-94 season.
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.
“We had a lot of guys in double figures, we shared the ball really well today,” Hammonds said. “But our main thing was defense. We were just playing great on defense, everybody was. It kind of gave us some energy on offense to share the ball and get easy baskets. It made it easy for us.”
Erik Thomas scored 18 points and had five rebounds, while Jorge Rosa contributed 14 points, for New Orleans (1-1).
“We did very few things at a high level, and we have to get better on all aspects offensively,” said Privateers coach Mark Slessinger. “We have to execute at a much higher rate. We have to be able to communicate defensively at a higher rate, which we did not do.”
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.
“All in all, I thought it was a terrific first half,” said first-year OSU coach Brad Underwood. “I really challenged them in the second half to maintain that, I know human nature becomes a little more difficult. Six guys in double figures, 22 assists, 10 turnovers — good numbers. I think we’ve improved.”
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.
When Michael Zeno drove the lane and dunked 4:38 into the contest, it cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 14-8, but the Cowboys erupted for a 24-4 run over the next five minutes that enabled them to take over the game. After Mitchell Solomon sank a free throw with 7:25 left in the first half, Oklahoma State had stretched its advantage to 48-16, and the outcome was never in doubt again.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
The Cowboys outrebounded New Orleans 47-29, limiting the Privateers to just eight offensive rebounds. New Orleans had 47 rebounds (22 offensive) in its opener against LaGrange.
“A big challenge coming into this game was controlling the glass,” Underwood said. “The Thomas kid had nine offensive rebounds in their first game – I don’t care who you do that against, that’s a big-time effort. We took that challenge on, and it was great to see.”
New Orleans: remains in Oklahoma, visiting Tulsa on Saturday. The Golden Hurricane is 0-2 after losing to Wichita State 80-53 Wednesday night.
Oklahoma State: travels to Hawaii to take part in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament on Monday, first facing UConn, who have started 0-2 so far this year.
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