Lafayette – Kentrell Garnett and Temas Flux each scored career highs and combined to score 14-19 from the field. Louisiana’s Regin his Cajuns started the game with his 14-for-4 run and never trailed to score 75. The 61st Sun Belt Conference, on Thursday he won against Southern Miss at Cajundome.
Garnett and Flux in Louisiana (11-4, 1-2 Sun Belt) as Louisiana’s top three scorers – Jordan Brown, Greg Williams Jr. and Terrence Lewis II – held 8-24 combined off the floor posted a three-game losing streak, including two SBC close-quarter setbacks at Coastal Carolina and Old Dominion.
Garnett set career highs in both points (20) and 3-pointers (6) for Louisiana, while Flux, the SBC leader and fifth in the nation in assists going into games, shot 7-of-9. added a career-high 17 points.
Louisiana built a 37-23 lead at halftime, with Garnett shooting the first of two 3-pointers on an 11-0 run and the Raging Cajuns taking USM (13-3, 2-1 Sun Belt). Won without a field goal. Seven minutes before Marcelo Pérez’s layup, he had less than a minute to play before the intermission.
Finishing 6-8 from behind the 3-point line and becoming the first Ragin’ Cajuns player to make six 3-pointers in a game since Cedric Russell in 2021, Garnett went 8-0 early in the first half. Started running. Louisiana scored their first triple of the night after USM’s Felipe Haase unleashed his two free throws with 16:29 left in the first half.
Williams followed a Louisiana long-range jumper with two free throws from Brown to push the lead to 14-4 with 14:58 remaining.
Held 10-3 from the floor, Haase filled in a 3-pointer with 8:31 left in the half to come within 24-19, with USM missing 9 of their final 10 shots to finish 7-fours. rice field. -26 (26.9%) from the floor.
After USM scored two free throws from Donovan Ivory with 7:48 left in the first half, Garnett kicked off an 11-0 run with two 3-pointers for the Raging Cajuns before Joe Charles scored a 1-0 lead. Adding a 3-pointer, Flux scored on a layup to give Louisiana their biggest lead of the game, 37-21, with 1:32 remaining in the half.
To help the Golden Eagles move closer to 58-51 with 5:05 remaining, Austin Crowley, the sixth-leading scorer in the SBC (17.1), hit two free throws with 5:05 remaining, but Flux didn’t. and Jalen Dalkourt did. They combined four points each on a 13-6 run as Louisiana pulled away and improved to 6-0 at home.
Brown, the SBC’s second-most scorer, was limited to eight points in the Raging Cajuns, while Lewis finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Williams added his eight points to Louisiana, while Charles and Dalcourt each scored his seven off the bench.
DeAndre Pinkney posted a game-high double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds for USM. Felipe Haase added his nine points to his Eagles in Golden.
Louisiana wraps up a two-game homestand on Saturday, entertaining defending SBC champions Georgia State (8-7, 1-2 Sun Belts) in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Cajundome.
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