Cajuns Keep Home Winning Streak Alive Against Texas State
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Basketball team returned to their home floor for the first time in a couple weeks trying to complete another Texas two-step, if you will.
They were able to defeat UT-Arlington and Texas State out in Texas earlier this season and now they would get them on the Bayou.
The Cajuns were coming off their first conference weekend split of the season last week as they lost at Georgia State on Thursday and defeated Georgia Southern on Saturday.
As for Texas State, UL started them on a slippery slope over the past couple of weeks as they had lost four of five after losing to the Cajuns, including four games in a row.
Two teams going in opposite directions, how would this one play out?
It would be a fight but the Cajuns would come out on top 73-63 over the Texas State Bobcats.
Two big things came out of this victory.
One, UL extended its home winning streak, protecting their house for the 15th straight time.
Two, head coach Bob Marlin garnered a milestone. He recorded his 150th career victory at UL. Congrats coach Marlin!
The game started out in the Cajuns favor by out rebounding the Bobcats 22-15 and beat them up in the paint 20-6. Bryce Washigton seemed like he was on his way to another double-double, netting 11 points and grabbing five rebounds. Frank Bartley was also hot to start as he poured in 12 points to give UL a 34-24 lead at the half.
It was a good start but the Cajuns would be in for a game in the second half. The Bobcats would get the game to as close as five points with 4:21 remaining but from UL used a 10-5 run to double their lead and never really looked back.
The offense continued to roll with four players scoring in double figures, Bryce Washington polishing off yet another double-double (19pts-10reb.), and Marcus Stroman dished out 11 assists.
As for the defense it seemed to improve a bit in this one holding Texas State to only 63 points despite shooting 40% from the field.
Nijal Pearson paced the Bobcats with 15 points and Immanuel King chipped in 14 himself.
The Ragin' Cajuns improve to 22-4 overall and 12-1 in the Sun Belt.
Texas State falls to 14-13 overall and 7-7 in the conference.
The Ragin' Cajuns will remain on home turf on Saturday (2/17/18) to face UT-Arlington at around 7pm.