Ragin’ Cajuns come back on Trojans 73-63
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – UL Lafayette erased a 12-point halftime deficit as it outscored Troy by 22 in the second half en route to a 73-63 victory Thursday night in Sun Belt Conference action in Trojan Arena.
Troy (9-19, 4-13 Sun Belt) shot 45.7 percent (16-of-35) in the first half, but connected on just 20.6 percent (7-of-34) in the second half. It was the reverse for ULL (15-11, 11-6) as the Cajuns shot just 30.3 percent (10-of-33) in the opening half, but hit on 58.3 percent (14-of-24) in the second half.
Shawn Long turned in a dominate performance for the Cajuns as he finished with 29 points, 20 rebounds, five blocks and two assists without being called for a foul. He accounted for 40 percent of ULL’s points and 39 percent of its rebounds in the game.
Wesley Person led the Trojans once again as he netted 17 points to go along with five rebounds and a pair of assists. Person hit a pair of 3-pointers in the game to extend his streak with a trey out to 57 games, which is the longest active streak in the NCAA. Jeremy Hollimon added 11 points off the bench, while John Walton III chipped in nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Cajuns used a 14-1 run over a four-minute period midway through the second half to turn a seven-point deficit into a 60-54 lead with 5:55 to play in the game. After Bryce Washington hit a layup with 3:03 to play to give the Cajuns a seven-point lead, Person hit back-to-back buckets around a ULL turnover to pull Troy within 66-63 with 2:31 to play.
However, ULL scored the final seven points of the game – all from the free throw line – to close out the victory. The Cajuns shot 29 free throws in the second half and hit 23-of-34 for the game, while the Trojans struggled from the line hitting on just 12-of-26.
After falling behind 6-0 early, Troy quickly scored the next six points to tie the game before opening up a 10-point lead with 6:15 to go in the half. B.J. Miller hit a running layup as time expired to send the Trojans into the break with a 39-27 lead.
Troy took care of the basketball as the Trojans only committed four turnovers in the game, while the Cajuns turned the ball over 11 times, which Troy turned into 19 points.
Troy closes out its home schedule Saturday afternoon against ULM. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. and the Trojans will honor Walton III and Jordan Howard prior to the game as they will play for the final time in Trojan Arena.