Watch the lights go out on final play of tight Louisiana, Little Rock basketball game

Erik Hall
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball team captured a Sun Belt Conference win Friday against Arkansas-Little Rock 66-64.

The final seconds had an unconventional culmination. 

Little Rock had the ball down by two points when, with about five seconds remaining, the lights went out at the Cajundome in Lafayette — except for some red lights. 

The light stayed out for a couple of seconds before coming back on. 

Play did not stop, and Little Rock forward Ruot Monyyong forced a 3-point shot from the top of the key that missed.

The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns improved to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the Sun Belt. Arkansas-Little Rock went to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Sun Belt. 

Patrick Walsh, Arkansas-Little Rock associate director of communications, tweeted, "No whistle. No review. No conversation. Just... Game over. #SunBeltMBB ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Theo Akwuba and Cedric Russell led Louisiana with 12 points each. Russell made a pair of free throws with 1:09 left in the second half that put Louisiana up 66-64. 

Darrell Walker is the Little Rock men's basketball head coach. Bob Marlin is the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball head coach. 

Sun Belt statement on Louisiana, Little Rock basketball ending

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Eli Lederman tweeted this statement from the Sun Belt Conference on the game's ending: 

The Sun Belt Conference works tirelessly to maintain an officiating program of the highest quality. The conference office and our members have high expectations for the work of our game officials. Unfortunately, the last few seconds of the Little Rock at Louisiana men's basketball game this evening were not managed properly by the officiating crew. Play should have been immediately stopped when an issue with the arena lighting occurred. The crew should have awarded Little Rock the ball out of bounds with five seconds on the clock to complete the last sequence. Regrettably, this did not occur. Officiating is a very difficult job, but our schools, players, coaches and fans deserve the best and we will continue to strive to meet that standard. 

The referees for the game were Matthew Martinez, Keith Patterson, and Shaun Seales. 

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Louisiana-Lafayette's Cedric Russell (0) shoots over Baylor's Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Louisiana and Little Rock men's basketball teams are scheduled to meet again Saturday at 4 p.m. CT. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik