Xavian Rimmer Caps Furious Rally As Cajuns Beat Texas State
A Xavian Rimmer 3-pointer started the deciding run for the Cajuns. And a Xavian Rimmer 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the game ended it as the Cajuns came back from as many as 14 points down in the 2nd half to defeat the Texas State Bobcats 67-66 on Saturday evening.
It was a 19-6 run that began with 5:43 left in the 2nd half and the Cajuns down 60-48; a run that included both of Rimmer’s 3-pointers, as well as numerous made free throws by Rimmer, Bryant Mbamalu and Elfrid Payton, who assisted on both of Rimmer’s 3-pointers during the deciding span.
"With the victory, the Cajuns improved to 15-9 overall and 6-5 in Sun Belt Conference play. With the loss, the Texas State Bobcats fell to 7-16 overall and 3-7 in SBC play."
Rimmer finished the game with 16 points on 4-7 shooting (2-4 from beyond the arc) and was 6-6 from the free throw line in 31 minutes of play. Payton struggled for the Cajuns, finishing with 10 points on 3-14 shooting, but did make all four of his free throws, six rebounds and had those crucial assists (4 overall) in 38 minutes of action. Shawn Long finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points on 8-16 shooting, hit 4-5 free throws and grabbed 13 rebounds in 34 minutes of play.
Joel Wright led the way for the Bobcats in a losing cause, scoring 17 points and grabbing five rebounds in 25 minutes of play, while Phil Hawkins and Wesley Davis each scored 14 points in 36 and 38 minutes of play, respectively.
With the victory, the Cajuns improved to 15-9 overall and 6-5 in Sun Belt Conference play. With the loss, the Texas State Bobcats fell to 7-16 overall and 3-7 in SBC play.
The Cajuns next opponent will be the Ark-Little Rock Trojans, a team the Cajuns lost to 80-69 on January 30 in Little Rock, Ark. This game will be in the Cajundome with the tip-off set for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night.