Sun Belt Men's Basketball Roundup for January 6th

ULL 93, Troy 91

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Travis Bureau scored 22 points and Randell

Daigle added 17 to help Lousiana-Lafayette hang on to beat Troy

93-91 on Thursday night.

The Ragin' Cajuns (3-11, 1-2 Sun Belt Conference) led 93-89 with

13 seconds to go before a layup from Will Weathers pulled the

Trojans within two.

After a turnover from Raymone Andrews, Troy (2-12, 0-2) regained

possession with 8 seconds to go, but Weathers missed a potential

game-tying layup as time expired.

Weathers scored a career-high 32 to lead the Trojans. Weathers'

previous career high was 15 points, which he scored against Miami

(Ohio) on Dec. 11.

Vernon Taylor added 20 points and seven rebounds for Troy.

Bernard Toombs scored 15 and pulled down nine rebounds.

Louisiana-Lafayette shot 57.7 percent in the first half (15 of

26), but trailed 47-46 at halftime. The Ragin' Cajuns outscored

Troy in bench points 46-13.

Denver 62, Western Kentucky 59

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Brian Stafford scored 12 of his 17

points in the first half to lead Denver to a 62-59 victory over

Western Kentucky on Thursday night.

A 12-2 run by the Hilltoppers late in the game helped trim an

18-point Pioneers' lead to 59-57 with 39 seconds remaining.

Stafford sealed the game by making two free throws with 9 seconds

remaining to give Denver a 61-57 lead.

The Pioneers won on the road for just the fifth time in their

past 62 games.

Travis Hallam chipped in 15 points while Chase Hallam had 11

points and nine rebounds for the Pioneers.

Denver (7-9, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) led 37-22 at the half on

17-of-30 shooting while Western Kentucky (5-9, 0-2) shot just 9 for


Juan Pattillo led the Hilltoppers with 24 points and 11 rebounds

and Sergio Kerusch also had a double-double with 13 points and 12


FAU 65, South Alabama 57

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Raymond Taylor scored 15 points and

Florida Atlantic defeated South Alabama 65-57 on Thursday night.

The Owls (10-6, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) scored 24 points off of

16 turnovers in earning their best start in conference play since


Bret Royster and Greg Gantt scored 14 points each for Florida

Atlantic, which led 27-17 at halftime. The Owls held South Alabama

(7-7, 1-2) to 8-of-29 shooting in the first half.

The Jaguars led 6-3 on an early 3 by Tim Williams before Florida

Atlantic responded with 14 straight points. Taylor Raymond's

3-pointer capped the run and put the Owls ahead 17-6 with 8:51 left

in the first half.

Williams finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead South

Alabama, which was denied its 700th win all time.

DeAndre Hersey added 10 points and Augustine Rubit had 10

rebounds for the Jaguars.