LAFAYETTE, LA (ASU) – Louisiana-Lafayette shot 64 percent (14-22) from beyond the arc and 55 percent (32-58) from the field to defeat the Arkansas State University men's basketball team 96-59 on Thursday at the Cajundome.
“The only reason we won at Appalachian State and beat Texas State and played Georgia State well at home was because we guarded well,” head coach John Brady said. “The product we put on the floor tonight didn't represent anything that I'm about or what this University is about. We got beat in every phase of the game tonight.”
PJ Hardwick scored a career-high 17 points, 11 of which came in the first half, on 41 percent (7-17) shooting from the field. Nouhoum Bocoum and Cameron Golden each added eight points for the Red Wolves.
ULL forward Shawn Long was 10-11 (91 percent) from the field, including a perfect 5-of-5 from three to lead all scorers with 27 points. Hayward Register added 19 points for the Ragin Cajuns in 14 points off the bench.
A-State shot 40 percent (12-30) from the field in the first half, but Louisiana-Lafayette shot 52 percent (16-31) and added 15 points from the free throw line to hold a 51-28 lead at the half.
After Charles Waters opened the scoring for A-State, ULL went on a 13-2 run to lead the Red Wolves 13-4. A-State traded buckets with the Ragin' Cajuns, but ULL used a 10-0 run to take an 18-point lead by a score of 33-15.
The Ragin' Cajuns knocked down 10-of-11 (91 percent) of their three-point attempts in the second half to outscore A-State 45-31 for the period. Bocoum scored all eight of his points in the second half, including sinking his first career three-pointer. Bocoum was 3-for-3 at the charity stripe and pulled down four rebounds.
A-State finished the night shooting 38 percent (22-58) from the field, but just 21 percent (3-14) from beyond the arc. The Red Wolves earned 19 trips to the free throw line, but only hit 12 free throws to shoot 63 percent.
The Red Wolves were out-rebounded 41-29 in the game with the Ragin' Cajuns controlling the defensive glass 29-18. A-State was outscored in the paint 34-24 and ULL's bench held a 50-21 advantage over the Red Wolves.