Middle Tennessee vs UL Lafayette

Middle Tennessee 72, Louisiana-Lafayette 58

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - James Gallman scored 14 points and Marcos Knight added 12 as Middle Tennessee defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 72-58 Thursday night in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams.

The Blue Raiders (5-1) led by as many as 11 points, 36-25, with 2:52 left in the first half, but the Ragin' Cajuns (2-5) cut their deficit to 38-32 at halftime.

A jumper by Shawn Long, who finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, gave Louisiana-Lafayette a 48-47 lead with 11:20 remaining in the game, but Middle Tennessee then used a 14-1 run to seize control.

Bruce Massey's only basket of the game started the run, which included five points by Gallman and three turnovers by the Ragin' Cajuns.

Jason Jones scored 11 points and Tweety Knight 10 for Middle Tennessee.

Steven Wronkoski had 13 points for Louisiana-Lafayette, and Bryant Mbamalu and Elfrid Payton scored 11 each.

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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
N. Hunter, F261-52-46035
S. Jones, F180-43-44043
M. Knight, G345-160-071012
J. Gallman, G234-104-531014
B. Massey, G171-10-03242
R. Cintron222-90-03206
J. Jones175-51-220311
J. Sulton170-35-63015
T. Knight165-50-141310
K. Hammonds102-20-00314
Totals 25-6015-2240101972
 41.7%68.2% 
UL Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
S. Long, F398-171-2132317
E. Moore, F281-31-26123
E. Payton, G364-103-466111
B. Mbamalu, G345-110-040111
S. Wronkoski, G273-45-500413
K. Brown170-30-00010
J. Soto70-20-00000
M. Moss61-30-02013
K. Shepherd40-10-00000
B. Lazare20-00-00040
C. Barnett00-00-00010
Totals 22-5410-133191858
 40.7%76.9% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.14-124-433
La. Tech12-320-8116
Old Dominion9-516-10143
UTEP9-511-15289
Rice8-618-9173
Marshall8-615-12120
UAB8-715-13174
Western Ky.7-713-14223
UT-San Antonio6-811-16283
Charlotte5-911-14232
FAU5-99-16295
So. Miss5-108-19335
North Texas2-128-18331
FIU2-126-21344

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT-Arlington10-320-643
Arkansas St.10-419-876
Ga. Southern10-417-10127
Georgia St.9-516-10131
Texas St.8-515-10205
Coast. Car.8-613-14148
Troy7-615-12195
S. Alabama6-713-13210
UL Lafayette6-816-11155
Little Rock4-1013-14244
App. St.3-118-17253
UL-Monroe1-137-20310
 
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UK 50 Final
ND 64
LCSC 57 Final
GONZ 104
MU 49 Final
FLA 82