You didn't really think the second half would be like the first, did you?

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns basketball team cooled considerably after a scintillating first half but still took an easy win over Loyola-New Orleans, 92-72 before 1,459 at the Cajundome.

The Cajuns had an incredible first half shooting, making 14-18 three point shots and shot 72% overall enroute to a 69-27 hafltime lead.

But the Cajuns shot just 27% in the second half and made just two three pointers.  The 16 made triples would have been a new school record had the game counted.

Junior Bryant Mbamalu led the Cajuns with 18 points in 19 minutes.  Freshman Shawn Long ladded 17 points, all in the first half and led the team in rebounding with eight.  Senior Alan-Michael Thompson was the other Cajun in double figures with ten points.

The Cajuns outrebounded Loyola 34-22 and had eighteen assists against ten turnovers.  However, the Cajuns had 15 assists and just one turnover in the first half of play.

Louisiana opens the regular season this Sunday against Oakland (MI).  The game will tip off at 4pm at the Cajundome.