NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) -Playing for the fifth time in eight days, Northwestern State overcame a poor start and 12 players scored, led by Keithan Hancock's 14 points, in a 93-78 win over University of the Ozarks at home on Friday.
The Demons (1-5) notched their first win of the season.
Gerrell Thomas was the only other Northwestern State starter in double figures, scoring 12. Logan McConathy scored 11 and Deividas Petravicius added 10 for Northwestern, which hit a season-best 83 percent (25-of-30) on free throws and had a season-low 17 turnovers.
Ozarks, opening its regular season, got a game-high 22 points from Habeeb Kareem, who had only two after halftime. Jeremy Clark added 10 points for the Eagles.
Ozarks led by as many as 10 points for the first 14-plus minutes. Trailing 29-19, the Demons, however, began to rally and launched a surge in which they outscored the visitors the rest of the game by a 74-49 margin.
Northwestern State went on a 27-12 run over the last eight minutes of the first half to go up 46-41 at the break.
Northwestern State opened a 10-point lead for the first time with 15:29 to play and led by 21 late in the game before a last-minute press by the Eagles.
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