Xavian Rimmer hit a long three in the corner and the Cajuns thought they had overtime, but within seconds Julysses Nobles snatched away any hope of a victory on Thursday night.

Nobles’ three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left punctuated a surprising road loss for the Cajuns, who started the season with a promising 8-3 record. Their three losses came to two highly ranked teams and a skilled Arkansas squad, but this loss is the first hiccup.

Shawn Long logged a career-high 19 rebounds in the loss to go along with 16 points, his seventh double-double of the year. Elfrid Payton also chipped in 22 points on the road but had an uncharacteristic six turnovers.

The loss drops the Cajuns to 8-4 on the season, which is still a promising record heading into Sun Belt Conference play. Head Coach Bob Marlin knows the importance of the upcoming stretch.

“Jan. 4th is coming.  We've played the last month or so to get ready for the Sun Belt opener, so hopefully we can learn from this and get ready for league play,” Marlin said after the game.

Louisiana boasts the best record in the Sun Belt Conference play headed into January and also hold a spot in the RPI top 50.