It doesn’t get much closer than this.
Mercedes Johnson’s jumper with one tick left on the clock clinched a heartstopping 71-69 win for Louisiana last night as the Cajuns broke their longest losing streak of the season, defeating North Texas for the second time this season Wednesday night at historic Earl K. Long Gym.
The Cajuns (10-11, 3-5 Sun Belt) had to come from behind to get the win. Louisiana trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, but outscored the Mean Green (5-17, 2-7) 32-21 in the second half.
Trailing in the second half, the Cajuns went on a 12-3 run to take a 65-64 lead with just under six minutes remaining. But the game stayed close and with the score tied at 69, the Cajuns got a steal from Lyndra Bell to give them a final possession. Johnson missed a jumper but after an offensive rebound by Nicole Morris, the Cajuns called timeout with four seconds left. Johnson scored her jumper on a Morris assist for the game winner.
Lyndra Bell was the Cajuns leading scorer with 14 points. Johnson had 13 points for her 17th double figure scoring performance of the season and Jasmine Barnes also tallied double figures with 13 points.
The Cajuns will take on South Alabama this Sunday in a game to be televised on the Sun Belt Network (CST). The game is scheduled for a noon tipoff.
(UL Sports Information contributed to this story.)