LAFAYETTE, LA (A-STATE) – UL-Lafayette knocked down 7-of-12 (58 percent) from 3-point range in the second half and down the Arkansas State men’s basketball team 83-73 at the Cajundome Thursday.
The Red Wolves, who fall to 11-13 on the season and 7-6 in league play, led the first 30 minutes of the game, but the 3-point shooting rallied the Ragin’ Cajuns to their ninth-straight win. The win improves Louisiana to 14-8 on the season and 10-3 in league play.
Frederic Dure led A-State with 21 points on the night and four others netted double-figures for the Red Wolves. Anthony Livingston scored 15 points and corralled four rebounds, the second of which was the 500th for his career. Nouhoum Bocoum added 14 points and Devin Carter chipped in with 11 points. Despite scoring only two points in the second half, Shawn Long led the Ragin’ Cajuns with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
“Our guys played hard and we have no problem with how we played or what we stood for tonight,” said A-State head coach John Brady. “We lost the game, but they were better than us. They made big three’s and its hard to take off Shawn Long and hard to get back. They were 7-for-12 from 3-point range in the second half and then had 18 offensive rebounds on the game and if we eliminate six of those that might take away 12 points. Our inability to rebound late, really hurt us tonight.”
A-State led 42-39 at halftime and maintained the lead until a pair of free throws gave the Ragin’ Cajuns a 61-59 lead with 10:21 remaining. Out of halftime, the Red Wolves used an 8-2 run to grab the largest lead of the night, 50-41, with 17:51 left in regulation.
Louisiana pulled within two, 57-55, with 13:04 remaining, but Charles Waters hit a jumper to get the lead back to four with 12:43 left. The Ragin’ Cajuns went on a 16-4 run over the next six-plus minutes to lead the Red Wolves 71-63 with six minutes left.
The Red Wolves didn’t go away as an 8-0 run over the next three minutes knotted the score at 71. Dure hit a trey and a pair of free throws and Livingston knocked down a 3-pointer as well to score the eight points for A-State, but the Ragin’ Cajuns closed the game on a 10-2 run to set the final score.
Livingston’s trey with 3:33 left was the final field goal for the Red Wolves. After two free throws and a pair of 3-pointers by Louisiana made the score 79-71, Dure earned a trip to the charity stripe for two shots. Dure hit both, but it was the final points that A-State scored.
A trey by Carter opened the game and the Red Wolves never trailed in the opening 20 minutes, but were unable to grab a lead greater than six points. The first half featured four ties, but late in the half A-State pulled ahead 37-31 for their largest advantage.
A-State opened the game 6-for-10 (60 percent) from the floor, including 2-for-4 (50 percent) from 3-point range. Following the hot start, the Red Wolves missed their next six attempts, but the Ragin’ Cajuns were unable to take advantage. After Louisiana tied the game at 19-19, Dure hit a three to silence the crowd at the Cajundome.
Louisiana didn’t go away quietly, tying the game again at 26-all with 7:32 left in the half. Livingston hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-5 run to create the largest lead of the half. The Red Wolves led 42-36 with 36 seconds left in the half, but a technical foul on the A-State bench sent Louisiana to the free throw line for two extra free throws. Louisiana hit three of the four attempts and A-State took the 42-39 lead to the halftime break.
A-State ended the night out-shooting the Ragin’ Cajuns 43.9 percent (25-57) to 43.3 percent (29-67). Louisiana had two more 3-point field goals made than A-State, hitting 9-of-23 (39.1 percent) on the night while the Red Wolves were 7-of-16 (43.8 percent). Both teams made 16 free throws on the night, with A-State shooting 94.1 percent (16-17) while Louisiana was 72.7 percent (16-22).
The Red Wolves held a 20-19 edge on the glass at halftime, but had only 10 rebounds in the second half as the Ragin’ Cajuns won the board battle 41-30. Louisiana also won the battle in the paint, out-scoring the Red Wolves 40-24.
The Red Wolves continue the four-game road trip at ULM on Saturday at 4 p.m.