Balanced Cajuns top Lamar

LAFAYETTE — Four Cajuns scored in double figures and Shawn Long and Elfrid Payton each posted double-doubles as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette beat Lamar 77-60 in men’s college basketball action at the Cajundome..

The win broke a 41-all series tie with Lamar (1-8) and was ULL’s 14th win over the Cardinals in the last 18 meetings in the Cajundome.

The Cajuns (4-6) scored the game’s first 11 points and never trailed.

“It was important for us to get off to a good start and our team did just that,” coach Bob Marlin said. “We pressed them a little bit and we were able to get our hands on a lot of passes. Those forced turnovers are what gave us the lead.

“Alan-Michael Thompson gave us a big boost off the bench and took a lot of good shots,” Marlin said. “We tried to give the younger guys more minutes tonight and got a lot of contributions for a great team win.”

Alan-Michael Thompson led the Cajuns with a career-high 18 points. Payton scored 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, while Long contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds as the two Cajuns standouts notched double-doubles for the second straight outing. Bryant Mbamalu also scored in double figures for the Cajuns.

The Cajuns defense set the tone in the opening half, holding Lamar to 25 percent shooting (6 of 24) and forcing 17 turnovers.

AUBURN 92, GRAMBLING 42: In Auburn, Ala., Chris Denson scored 13 points in his first appearance this season as Auburn beat Grambling to snap a four-game losing streak.

Auburn (3-5) won for only the second time in seven games as Denson provided Frankie Sullivan, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference, some much-needed support.

A junior guard, Denson missed the first seven games because he was academically ineligible. Last season, he averaged 8.7 points per game. Denson had seven by halftime against Grambling State.

Grambling (0-7), which has lost all of its games on the road, was led by guard Derron Hobbs’ 11 points. Leading scorer Terry Rose was held to eight points, half his average.

Women

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 69, UNO 67: In Hammond, Jameika Hoskins made the game-winning bucket on a put-back with 3.8 seconds remaining to give the Lady Lions a hard-fought win over the future Southland Conference rival Privateers in nonconference action at the University Center.

Southeastern (6-2) won its third straight contest, despite shooting just 26.1 percent (6-for-23) from the floor in the second half. The win gives the Lady Lions a sweep of UNO (1-7), which will be joining the Southland for the 2013-14 season.

Southeastern led by as many as 17 early in the game and took a 12-point lead into halftime, however senior guard Mirjam Sipos scored 15 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Privateers back.

NO. 18 TEXAS 77, ULM 49: In Austin, Texas, the Warhawks could not overcome a cold-shooting night in the first meeting since 1990 between the two programs.

Tyler Holley led ULM (2-7) with a career-high 14 points, while Alexar Tugler posted 10 points.

The Longhorns led 9-3 at the arrival of the first media timeout at the 15:43 mark. Four points from Tyler Holley cut the deficit to 12-7 at the 11-minute mark.

The home team began to find its rhythm and led 30-17 with two minutes to play. At halftime, the Horns led 35-21.

Texas won its sixth straight game behind four Longhorns in double-figures, led by 15 from Brady Sanders. Imani McGee-Stafford posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.