EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- D.J. Balentine scored 20 points to lead Evansville over Grambling State 96-61 on Saturday.
Blake Simmons and Jaylon Brown both had 14 points for Evansville (7-6), while Egidiju Mockevicius and Duane Gibson added 10 points.Grambling State (1-7) was paced by A'Torri Shine with 13 points; Antwan Scott added 10 points and six assists.Evansville shot 60 percent from the floor, including 7 of 11 (64 percent) from beyond the arc. Grambling State went 25 of 67 (37 percent) from the field while hitting just 5 of 23 on 3-pointers.Jaylon Moore and Simmons hit back-to-back treys to open a 10-point first half lead for the Purple Aces en route to a 13-point advantage at the break.Evansville poured it on in the second half, including an 8-0 run punctuated by a Balentine 3-pointer, to stretch the lead to 31 with 13:15 left in the game.