Jags’ Second Half Rally Tops Cajuns 70-65
South Alabama rallied from an eight point halftime deficit Thursday night to knock off Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns 70-65 at the Cajundome.
The Jaguars trailed 38-30 at the half but quickly closed the lead as the second half began. South Alabama finally tied the game at 50 with under eight minutes to go and led by as many as seven points down the stretch.
Junior College transfer Trey Anderson led South Alabama (9-6, 1-3 Sun Belt) with a career high eighteen points and eleven rebounds. Javier Carter added 14 points, ten of them in the second half. He also increased his Sun Belt leading shot-blocking total with six in the game.
Josh Brown led the way for the Cajuns (8-10, 2-2 Sun Belt) with 13 points. J. J. Thomas had 12 points and eight rebounds. Kadeem Coleby also added 12 points while junior Raymone Andrews had ten.
The Cajuns held their own on the boards in the first half against the league's best rebounding team, but the Jaguars outrebounded the Cajuns by eight in the second half, including several crucial offensive rebounds down the stretch. The Jags had 17 offensive rebounds in the game.
Louisiana's normally stingy defense, which held the Jaguars to barely 40 percent shooting in the first half, allowed the Jaguars nearly 50 percent in the second half. Louisiana, meanwhile was under 3o percent in the second half and 36 percent for the game.
The Cajuns have not won this year when shooting under 40 percent.
The loss snapped a five game home winning streak for the Cajuns and was only their second home loss in conference play in their last 19 Sun Belt games.
Louisiana now faces Florida International Saturday night at the Cajundome at 7:15. Airtime on the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns radio network is at 6:45.
Saturday is "Take a Kid to the Game Night. Children will be admitted free with a paying adult.