UL goes cold in second half of loss at Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. – Elijah McCadden and Isaiah Crawley scored 13 points apiece and Georgia Southern held UL without a field goal for over 10 minutes in the second half to rally to a 71-51 Sun Belt Conference victory on Saturday at Hanner Fieldhouse.
Simeon Carter added 11 points and nine rebounds as Georgia Southern (11-7, 5-2 Sun Belt) erased a 30-26 halftime deficit by outscoring UL (7-11, 2-5) 45-21 in the second half while holding the Ragin’ Cajuns to 6-for-25 (24 percent) from the floor in the second half.
UL opened the game on a 9-4 run after a layup by Calvin Temple and stretched its lead to 16-9 on a bucket by Tirus Smith with 14:12 remaining in the first half.
The Cajuns took their biggest lead of the day, 23-14, when Jalen Johnson buried a 3-pointer with 11:23 to go before halftime and maintained their lead heading into the break on a bucket by Kristian Lafayette with 50 seconds left.
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Johnson, who scored a game-high 15 points, opened the second half with a 3-pointer for UL and the Cajuns held a 38-32 lead on a dunk by Dou Gueye with 16:54 remaining.
After a bucket by Johnson gave Louisiana a 40-37 lead with 13:58 left, the Eagles would go on a 22-3 run to take the lead for good. After being held to 1-for-8 from behind the 3-point line in the first half, Georgia Southern connected on five shots from long range during the run that gave the Eagles a 59-43 lead.
Cedric Russell hit a baseline jumper during the stretch at the 10:00-mark that cut the Georgia State lead to 49-42, but the Cajuns would miss their next 13 attempts from the floor before a dunk by Chris Spenkuch with 33 seconds remaining stopped the drought.
UL, which dressed out nine players including seven on scholarship for the second straight game, got 12 points from Smith before fouling out with 11:12 remaining. Temple added nine points and five assists with Gueye pulling down a team-high seven rebounds for the Cajuns, who were without freshman Mylik Wilson (sprained knee) for a second straight loss.
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The Cajuns, who finished 18-for-63 from the floor, posted season lows in both points and field-goal percentage (28.6 percent) for a second straight game, including Thursday's loss at Georgia State, while going 10-for-22 (season-low 45.5 percent) from the free throw line.
UL will return home for its next three games beginning on Thursday against Texas-Arlington at 7 p.m. The Cajuns will close out the weekend against Texas State in a blackout game on Saturday before hosting UL Monroe on Jan. 25 in an alumni game featuring a halftime performance by Red Panda.