The Demons sank 63 percent of their shots, making 42 percent (10-24) on 3-pointers, while rolling to a 62-40 halftime lead and holding the Tigers scoreless for more than six minutes in the second half to blow the game open. That 20-0 run left NSU ahead by the night’s biggest margin, 44 points at 113-69 with 4:08 remaining.
A layup with 8:19 remaining by junior college transfer guard Brison White cracked the century mark, making it 100-69, as the Demons posted their highest scoring total since a 123-101 victory over Texas-Arlington late in the 1993-94 season.
Northwestern used 14 players, with 12 scoring and 11 playing at least 12 minutes against the outmanned Tigers, a Division III squad who counted the contest as an exhibition game. The Demons got 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds off the bench from junior college transfer DeQuan Hicks, a career high-matching 14 points by junior guard Gary Stewart and 11 points and seven rebounds by senior forward James Hulbin.
West, a 5-11 redshirt freshman who led Bossier High to a state championship two years ago, sank 11 of 14 shots including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers, and added five rebounds and three steals in a team-high 22 minutes. Hicks, a 6-7 forward, sank 7 of 8 shots.
“Our newcomers looked ready to go,” said Demons’ coach Mike McConathy, beginning his 14th season as NSU’s head coach. “I really like the combination we have in our backcourt with Shamir and Jalan. They made a lot of good decisions that got us a bunch of high percentage shots.
“We’ve got work to do, especially defensively and rebounding even though we had a big advantage tonight (53-29), but this was a good start against a very well-coached, young ETBU team,” he said.
Junior Mitchell and Jaron Joseph paced the Tigers with 15 points each, while Justin Felicia added 12. ETBU shot 38 percent and had nine shots blocked by eight different Demons.
The Demons will play twice in the first four nights of the season, hitting the road Sunday for a Monday evening visit to North Carolina for a rematch of last year’s BracketBusters victory over Campbell. NSU is home again next Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17, against Hannibal-Legrange, before a Nov. 20 visit to LSU.