LAFAYETTE — Elridge Moore made all six of his shots and had five steals in Louisiana-Lafayette’s 90-79 win over Oakland in men’s college basketball Sunday.
Bryant Mbamalu also had 15 points, while Shawn Long and Elfrid Payton chipped in 14 points apiece for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Oakland (1-1) led 42-37 at the half, but Louisiana-Lafayette opened the second half on a 14-7 run to help the Ragin’ Cajuns take a 51-47 lead with 15:50 left to play.
Moore had six points during the run.
Oakland rallied, cutting the deficit to 54-52, but Moore converted two free throws to spark a 9-3 run for Louisiana-Lafayette and put the game away for good.
Louisiana-Lafayette (1-0) outshot Oakland 57.6 percent (34-of-59) to 45.6 percent (26-of-57) and had 17 assists as a team. The Ragin’ Cajuns played stifling defense, recording 12 steals and forcing 20 turnovers.
Duke Mondy led Oakland with 30 points.
No. 23 Wisconsin 87, Southeastern Louisiana 47: In Madison, Wis., junior Ben Brust had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 23 Wisconsin scored the first 19 points.
Jared Berggren led the Badgers with 19 points and fellow senior Mike Bruesewitz added 10 in a 13-minute appearance. Bruesewitz cut his lower right leg during practice Oct. 9 and returned Friday.
Redshirt freshman George Marshall, starting at point guard for Wisconsin with junior Josh Gasser out for the season because of a torn knee, hit a 3-pointer 13 seconds into the game to set the tone.
Dre Evans had 13 points for Southeastern Louisiana, which missed its first five shots and committed four turnovers before Todd Nelson’s 3-pointer 7:21 into the game.
Oklahoma 85, Louisiana-Monroe 51: In Norman, Okla., Stephen Pledger scored 15 points and three other Oklahoma players scored in double figures.
Andrew Fitzgerald and Amath M’Baye each scored 12 points for Oklahoma, and Je’Lon Hornbeak scored 10.
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger’s second season in Norman got off to a slow start with the Sooners committing four turnovers in the first five minutes and missing six of seven shots.
Ten of the Warhawks’ first 12 points came off Oklahoma turnovers before the Sooners found their rhythm 10 minutes in when Cameron Clark found Tyler Neal for an alley-oop dunk.
Oklahoma stepped up its defensive pressure in the half’s final nine minutes, applying full-court pressure and trapping near half court. The Sooners forced nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes to lead 38-22 at halftime, and had 14 turnovers for the game.
Oklahoma outscored Louisiana-Monroe 17-4 in the first five minutes of the second half.
The Warhawks, who were 3-26 last season, were led by Amos Olatayo’s 21 points.
Ball State 78, Grambling 51: In Muncie, Ind., Jesse Berry scored 17 points and Ball State pulled away in the second half.
Majok Majok had 12 rebounds and 11 points for Ball State. Three other Cardinals scored in double figures, Marcus Posley adding 12 points and Chris Bond and Zach Fields scoring 10 points each.
Grambling (0-2) was led by Terry Rose with a game-high 22 points. He hit six 3-pointers and was 8-for-14 overall.
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