MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's had four players score in double figures and dominated the paint in a 77-52 rout of Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night in the first round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
Saint Mary's outscored Bethune-Cookman (3-8) 40-16 in the paint and outrebounded its opponent 43-21, including 17-4 on the offensive end. Saint Mary's finished with 18 second-chance points.
Saint Mary's began the second half with a rapid offensive burst, scoring 10 of the first 13 points to take a 46-27 lead in the first three minutes of the second half and ensure the rout.
Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes did his best Stone Cold Steve Austin impression and brought the pain to some fellow Badgers.
Avery Johnson's first season as a college coach was a success by most measures, and he'll aim to keep the Crimson Tide rolling in the right direction.
Malik Newman, who had widely been considered a one-and-done player, has chosen to transfer to Kansas to continue his college career.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|