Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns coach Bob Marlin passes Kermit Davis of Ole Miss for Sun Belt lead

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Bob Marlin is No. 1.  

The Ragin’ Cajuns coach moved into first place in all-time Sun Belt Conference victories with Monday night’s 76-74 win over Texas-Arlington at the Cajundome.

Marlin is now 118-81 in SBC games, all at UL since taking over in 2010. He passed Kermit Davis Jr., who coached former Sun Belt member Middle Tennessee State, which now belongs to Conference USA.

“That’s a big milestone for him,” senior guard Cedric Russell said, “and I’m glad we helped to put the last piece of the puzzle … to give him that.”

Russell led UL with 26 points Monday, including two free throws to break a 74-74 tie with 9.2 seconds remaining shot 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range. Fellow senior Dou Gueye added 18 points on Senior Night. Shahaha Wells drove on Mylik Wilson but missed at the buzzer for UTA, which led by 11 with about seven minutes left.

“There have been a lot of people who contributed to this,” said Marlin, who received a postgame shower of bottled water from the players.

“It’s nice to be up there with some nice names. I respected the heck out of Coach (Gene) Bartow. Ronnie Arrow and I have coached against each other for a while. Kermit (Davis) and I coached against each other.”

Davis now coaches Ole Miss. Former South Alabama coach Arrow is third among Sun Belt leaders and ex-UAB coach Bartow is fourth.

“Some really good coaches. Just glad that we got it,” Marlin said. “But more important is about this team. ... We don’t have to worry about it now. We can move forward and prepare for Little Rock.”

The Cajuns (15-7, 9-6 Sun Belt) close their regular season Friday (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.) at Little Rock.

Marlin came to UL from Sam Houston State, where he coached 12 seasons and left as No. 2 among Southland Conference career wins leaders.

He won an NJCAA national championship in 1993 at Pensacola State College. The former Houston Baptist, Marshall and Alabama assistant is 428-281 as an NCAA Division I head and 551-316 all-time including his time at the juco.


Russell now has 255 made 3-pointers, passing Syndey Grider (253) for second place behind Brad Boyd (271) on UL’s career leaders list. … UL guard Devin Butts returned after serving a two-game suspension for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. … Cajuns forward Jacobi Gordon (ankle injury) did not play.

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