Contact Us

Shorthanded Cajuns Top Red Wolves, 61-56

ragincajuns.com

Shawn Long had seventeen points and sixteen rebounds to pace Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns as they defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 61-56, before a season high 3,040 fans at the Cajundome.

The Cajuns (7-12, 3-5 Sun Belt) dressed only seven scholiarship players for the game.  Guards Alan-Michael Thompson and Bryant Mbamalu were unavailable for the game after suffering injuries in Thursday’s loss to South Alabama.

Freshman Kasey Shepherd picked up the slack with a career high 13 points and Elfrid Payton added 13 more to pace the Cajuns’ attack. 

Trey Finn had 15 points for Arkansas State (10-7, 4-4), who dropped their second straight game.  Freshman Cameron Golden added 13 points and Raeford “Gator” Worsham, another freshman, acored 12.

The Cajuns trailed only once in the game, falling behind 5-3 at the 17:02 mark of the first half on a Finn three pointer.  But with the score tied at 7-7, Shepherd keyed an 8-0 run with five points to give the Cajuns a 15-7 lead with 12:34 to play in the first half.  Arkansas State fought back to the the game again at 19 all, but the Cajuns scored the next six points to take the lead for good, and stretched the lead to nine points, 33-24 at halftime.

It was the first time the Cajuns had led at halftime since December 11th, when they had a halftime advantage over Lamar.

In the second half, the Cajuns led by as many as 13 points following an Elridge Moore layup, 42-29.  The lead stayed between five an ten points most of the second half.  Arkansas State cut a nine point Cajuns lead with three minutes left down to four, 60-56 with :24 left on two Golden free throws, but that was as close as the Red Wolves would get. 

Arkansas State head coach John Brady was thwarted in his attempt to win at the Cajundome for the first time in his career.  He was 0-1 at Stanford and has yet to win as the coach at ASU.

Ed Townsel, who had a career high 31 points against the Cajuns in the first matchup in Jonesboro back on December 27th, got in early foul trouble, played only eleven minutes and was held to one point.

The whistle-happy crew of Byron Evans, Bruce Bell and Reinaldo Acosta called 48 fouls resulting in 58 free throws between the two teams.

The Cajuns will now head back on the road next week for games at Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.  The WKU game will be Thursday at 7pm.

 

Babes

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://espn1420.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on SPORTS RADIO ESPN 1420 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on SPORTS RADIO ESPN 1420 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!