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Payton, Flake to be Honored By Cajuns’ Basketball Saturday

One of only five men in Ragin’ Cajuns basketball history to score over 2,000 and a guard who led his team to a world championship will be honored Saturday night when Louisiana plays host to Houston at the Cajundome.

Jerry Flake will be the fifth former Cajun to have his jersey retired, joining Marvin Winkler (14), Bo Lamar (10), Andrew Toney (24) and Dean Church (12).  It is the second jersey to be retired since Bob Marlin took over as head coach.  Church’s jersey was retired last year.

Flake, who played from 1965-69, finished his career as the Cajuns’ all time leading scorer with 2.058 points.  He is now fifth on the all-time scoring list.  Flake was twice named NAIA All-American and averaged over nineteen points per game during his career.  He also holds the UL record for free throw percentage in a career (.854).

The 6-6 Flake is already a member of the UL Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Current Cajuns’ point guard Elfrid Payton will be honored prior to the game after his team won the FIBA U-19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.  The junior from Gretna was a late invitee for tryouts and made the most of the opportunity, starting every game for the U. S.  The Americans went undefeated and took home the gold medal.

Louisiana (6-3) and Houston (6-4) are scheduled to tip off at 7:05.

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