Cajuns Drop Third-Straight, Fall To UALR, 80-69
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun men's basketball team fell on the road in Sun Belt Conference action on Thursday night, dropping an 80-69 decision to the UALR Trojans, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The setback was the third-consecutive defeat for Louisiana, who has now also lost four of their last five games.
The game was tied, 39-39, at halftime, before the Cajuns jumped out to a five-point lead, 54-49, at the 3:51 mark of the game.
From there, the Trojans outscored UL, 31-15, the rest of the way, to secure the 11-point win.
Louisiana, who began the game hitting four of their first six three-point field-goal attempts, missed their last 14 from beyond the arc, and finished 4-of-20.
UALR outshot Louisiana from the field, 47%-38%, and also finished with a 38-31 rebound advantage.
Will Neighbour led the way for the Trojans, scoring a game-high 24 points, while Josh Hagins added 14 off the bench.
In a losing cause for the Cajuns, who played without leading scorer and rebounder Shawn Long, Elfrid Payton scored 20 points, while J.J. Davenport had 14 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs.
With the win, UALR improved to 11-10, overall, and 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Louisiana fell to 12-9, overall, and 3-5 in league play.
The Cajuns return to action on Saturday, when they host the ULM Warhawks in the back end of a day/night, women's/men's doubleheader at the Cajundome, with tip-off scheduled for approximately 7:15 pm.