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Louisiana tops Western Kentucky 73-72 in Sun Belt


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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Elfrid Payton scored 23 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:16 left, as third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette beat No. 2 seed Western Kentucky 73-72 Saturday in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Payton had a chance to put Louisiana up by three with 11 seconds left, but his runner was short. Western Kentucky's T.J. Price grabbed the rebound and went coast-to-coast but missed the game-winning layup at the buzzer.

Payton was 11 of 15 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds, had nine assists and four steals for Louisiana (22-11). Bryant Mbamalu also had 23 points.

George Fant and Price had 16 apiece for Western Kentucky (20-12).

WKU's press defense forced a turnover leading to Chris Harrison-Docks' third consecutive 3-pointer to give the Hilltoppers a 70-69 with 2:48 left. But WKU made just 2 of 6 free throws down the stretch.

Louisiana will play top-seeded Georgia State Sunday in the championship.

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ga. Southern12-419-6138
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UL-Monroe12-418-9118
UL Lafayette10-716-12188
UT-Arlington9-715-11160
UALR7-1012-15278
S. Alabama7-109-19292
App. St.6-109-16275
Texas St.5-1111-14249
Arkansas St.5-1110-15261
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Marshall5-99-18296
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FAU1-138-17298
 
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