Cajuns Head to San Marcos to Take on Bobcats
After two tough home losses, things don't get any easier for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns as they'll hit the road for a pair of Sun Belt contests beginning tomorrow afternoon against Texas State. Tipoff is scheduled for 4;30 at Strachan Coliseum.
Texas State (10-7, 3-2 Sun Belt) has been one of the surprises in the league so far this year. The Bobcats were picked last in the league after losing seniors Emani Gant and Ethan Montalvo, among others. Pre-season all conference pick Kavin Gilder-Tilbury has been a contributor since his freshman season and the senior hasn't disappointed, leading the team at nearly 17 points per game. The surprise has been freshman Nijal Pearson. The 6-5 product from Beaumont is second on the squad in scoring and first in rebounds, averaging 12,9 and 6.1 respectively. Defense has been the mainstay of Danny Kaspar's club, as usual, as the Bobcats are allowing teams just 39.7% from the field and less than 32 percent from beyond the arc.
Texas State split a pair of road games last week, losing at South Alabama, then pulling an upset win over Troy.
LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS
LOUISIANA 80, TEXAS STATE 54--January 28, 2016--Cajundome--The Cajuns held Texas State to just 21 points on 30.8% shooting and rolled to the easy win. Shawn Long had 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Devonta Walker added 16 points including a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Jay Wright was also in double figures with 14 points as Louisiana shot 51.9% for the game. Ojai Black had 14 to lead the Bobcats, while Kavin Gilder-Tilbury added 13. The Cajuns led wire to wire and outscored the Bobcats 17-1 in second chance points.
TEXAS STATE 61, LOUISIANA 57--February 20, 2016--Strachan Coliseum--The Bobcats got their revenge for the earlier loss, dropping the Cajuns to 4-11 and 10-6 in the league. Senior Emani Gant had a big game for Texas State with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Ojai Black added 14. Johnathan Stove had 13 points while Bryce Washington had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Shawn Long had seven points and nine rebounds and fouled out after just 26 minutes. The Cajuns made only 17-30 from the free throw line. It was Texas State's first win against the Cajuns since joining the Sun Belt.