Cuba Tops Cajuns Again, 81-71
Same song, second verse for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns basketball team.
The squad continued its tour of Cuba and fell for the second straight day to the Cuban National Team, this time by an 81-71 score.
Once again it was Johnathon Stove leading the way for the Cajuns, scoring 18 points on 5-8 shooting from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line. USC transfer Malik Marquetti added 13 points for the Cajuns, while Bryce Washington and Justin Miller chipped in nine points each.
The game remained close throughout with the Cajuns holding a 24-21 lead, but the bigger and more physical Cubans held the Cajuns to just eight points in the second quarter and had a 34-32 lead at the half. Cuba's Jasiel Rivero, who led Cuba with 24 points, scored eight in the third quarter to give Cuba a 56-52 lead after three quarters.
It was the second straight game that Stove led the team in scoring, He tallied 17 in the opening game against the Cubans. Cold shooting from the outside doomed Louisiana in game two as the Cajuns hit only 3-18 from beyond the arc, while Cuba was 8-18.