UL loses big at Georgia State without injured Wilson
ATLANTA — Coach Bob Marlin's Ragin' Cajuns got off to a 1-for-18 start from the floor and never recovered as Georgia State opened with a 25-2 run and claimed a 90-52 Sun Belt Conference win over UL on Thursday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
Corey Allen scored a game-high 24 points to lead three players in double figures as Georgia State (11-6, 4-2 Sun Belt) finished 32-for-59 (54.2 percent) from the floor and 11-for-21 (52.4 percent) from behind the 3-point line.
Nelson Phillips came off the bench to add 17 points with Kane Williams adding 13 as the Panthers built a 47-19 lead and improved to 8-1 all-time against UL (7-10, 2-4 Sun Belt) at home.
UL, which dressed seven scholarship players after missing freshman Mylik Wilson to a knee sprain, trailed 5-0 before a bucket by freshman Calvin Temple with 18:47 remaining, but missed its next 14 shots from the floor.
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By the time freshman walk-on Jaylon Williams drained a 3-pointer from the left wing at the 9:33 mark of the first half, the Ragin’ Cajuns trailed 25-5.
Wilson did not play after getting hurt in Monday night's win at Appalachian State. He had 21 of his career-high 30 points in the second half against the Mountaineers. Wilson is averaging 11.8 points per game, but had scored 15 or more in each of UL's last four outings and had set a career-high in each of his last three games.
Also among those missing for UL: Kobe Julien, Durey Cadwell, Javonne Lowery, all out with season-ending knee surgeries; Trajan Wesley (concussion/whiplash); and P.J. Hardy (sprained ankle).
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Jalen Johnson scored seven of his team-high 12 points in the final 6:17 of Thursday's first half with a pair of layups and a 3-pointer while Cedric Russell scored all nine of his points in the second half and was held to single-digits in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Cajuns, who finished 17-for-59 (28.8 percent) from the floor and 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) from behind the 3-point line, got nine points from Temple, a career-high tying eight from Kristian Lafayette and six points from Tirus Smith. Walk-on Mason Aucoin, making his first career start for Louisiana, added four points in a career-high 24 minutes.
Smith also had five rebounds and two blocks while taking four charges in the loss.
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UL held a 32-31 advantage on the glass with Johnson pulling down a game-high seven boards. The Cajuns committed a season-high, tying 22 turnovers which resulted in 28 GSU points.
The loss snapped a two-game Cajun win streak.
UL will wrap up its three-game road trip on Saturday when it faces Georgia Southern in a 3 p.m. (central) contest in Statesboro, Ga. Wilson's status for Saturday's game is uncertain.
RAGIN’ CAJUNS BASKETBALL
UL at GEORGIA SOUTHERN
WHEN: 3 p.m. (central) Saturday
WHERE: Hanner Fieldhouse; Statesboro, Georgia
RADIO: KHZT 107.9 FM
UL LEADERS: Jalen Johnson (14.1 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game), Cedric Russell (13.5 ppg), Mylik Wilson (13.8 ppg, 2.5 assists per game), Dou Gueye (6.2 rpg)