LAFAYETTE — Elfrid Payton, Shawn Long and Bryant Mbamalu combined to score 65 points and the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team posted its highest single-game scoring total since the 2003-04 season in a 105-74 rout of North Texas in the Cajundome.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Ragin’ Cajuns (8-15) and allowed ULL to take sole possession of third place in the Sun Belt west division with a 4-8 record.
North Texas, the unanimous choice of the league’s coaches to win the West Division this season, slipped to 8-15 and 3-9.
“We played hard tonight,” Cajuns coach Bob Marlin said. “We executed our offense well, shut down their transition opportunities and took care of the basketball. When you do that, you usually succeed.
“This was a total team effort. We really passed the ball well early in the game, found the open made some shots to get an early lead but I wasn’t happy with how we finished the first half. We had a good talk at halftime and made some changes that really helped us in the second half.”
Jordan Williams led North Texas with 31 points, including 18 in the first half. Alzee Williams added 14 points and Roger Franklin had 10.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 70, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 69: In Conway, Ark., Roosevelt Johnson posted a double-double with 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Lions held off the Bears.
SLU (8-11, 6-3 Southland) was accurate from the field — 28 of 55 — but not so much at the foul line — 9 of 17.
Brandon Fortenberry scored 14 points and handed out six assists for SLU. Jeffery Ricard scored 12 points.
Central Arkansas (8-11, 3-6) had a seven-point lead with 9:01 left in the game, but could not maintain its advantage.
Robert Crawford led Central Arkansas with 17 points and eight rebounds. LaQuentin Miles scored 15 points and Anthony Borden scored 13 points.
ORAL ROBERTS 90, NICHOLLS STATE 78: In Tulsa, Okla., the Golden Eagles shot 62 percent in the game and had enough firepower to hold off the Colonels.
Nicholls’ Fred Hunter led all players with 33 points on 11-of-15 shooting in the game, making 11-of-14 free throws, as he was the only player from Nicholls to go to free-throw line. It’s the second 30-plus point game of the senior’s career, as well as it being the 25th game with 20 or more points.
Amin Torres set a career high with his 17 points off of the bench with three 3-pointers, while Dantrell Thomas scored 12 for the Colonels (6-13, 5-4 in Southland Conference).
ORU had four players finish the night in double figures, led by Shawn Glover with 25, followed by Warren Niles’ 24 points on 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC 76, ULM 71: In Boca Raton, Fla., Greg Gantt scored 19 points and Richard Morrow had a double-double, 11 points and 13 rebounds, to lead the Owls past the Warhawks.
Stefan Moody scored 16 points and Pablo Bertone added 13 for FAU (11-12, 6-6).
Trailing at halftime 45-36, FAU opened the second half on a 15-4 run to take a 51-49 lead on Gantt’s jumper with 12:46 left to play.
The teams traded leads for most of the second half until Bertone’s 3-pointer with 1:55 left made it 70-67.
Amos Olatayo answered with a layup to make it 70-69, but the Warhawks failed to score another field goal the rest of the way. FAU made four free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
Louisiana-Monroe shot just 21.1 percent (8 of 38) in the second half.
Olatayo scored a season-high 25 points for the Warhawks (3-14, 2-9).
NORTHWESTERN STATE 85, LAMAR 63: In Beaumont, Texas, DeQuan Hicks scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Demons to their third straight victory.
Hicks was part of a Northwestern State bench which outscored the Cardinals’ bench 63-7. The Demons led 38-27 at halftime and were up by as many as 29 in the second half.
Tied at 10, the Demons (13-6, 7-2 Southland) went on a 10-0 run capped by an O.J. Evans dunk with 9:30 to play in the first half and Northwestern State never looked back.
Stan Brown had a career-high 28 points for Lamar (2-19, 0-9) and grabbed 12 rebounds. Rhon Mitchell had 15 points and six rebounds.
Northwestern State shot 49.3 percent from the field and forced the Cardinals to turn the ball over 23 times. The Demons had 22 assists as a team.
Copyright © 2014, Capital City Press LLC • 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810 • All Rights Reserved