Bartley Shines Again as Cajuns Win Fourth Straight
Junior guard Frank Bartley IV had 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and five steals Monday night to lead the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns over Appalachian State 77-62 at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, NC.
Bartley, who scored a game high 19 points Saturday at Coastal Carolina, hit 9-14 shots from the field, including 3-5 from three point range in the win. Bryce Washington had his league-leading 20th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Jay Wright chipped in 15 points and six assists. Johnathan Stove had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Cajuns, who won their fourth straight game.
"Frank was great tonight," head coach Bob Marlin said. "He took good shots and was really good defensively with five steals. He had a couple of turnovers, but we'll take his performance every night."
Sophomore guard Ronshad Shabazz was the only player in double digits for the Mountaineers (8-20, 3-14 Sun Belt).
"We were good defensively tonight," Marlin said. "We wanted to hold them down around 40 percent and we did that (41.4%). We outrebounded them and had success turning them over."
With the win, the Cajuns finish the regular season with a road record of 8-7, the first time since 1999-2000 the Cajuns have won more than they've lost on the road
Bartley scored five of the game's first nine points as Louisiana (28-22, 8-8) jumped out of the gate to a 9-0 lead in the first three and a half minutes. But App State used a 12-2 run to take their only lead of the game, 22-21 with 9:19 remaining in the first half. Justin Miller then hit a triple 24 seconds later and the Cajuns never trailed again. The Cajuns scored the last five points of the half on a Bartley trey and two free throws by Washington to take a ten point lead, 43-33 at the half.
Appalachian State cut the Cajuns' lead to five points, 51-46 after an Emarius Logan jumper, but the Cajuns then put the game away with an 18-1 run and led 69-47 at the 8:30 mark. App State never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.
The Cajuns now return home for their final two games of the regular season, taking on Texas State Thursday night at the Cajundome.