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UL Lafayette vs Western Kentucky

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. Southern0-03-177
UALR0-03-1187
Georgia St.0-04-2104
Texas St.0-02-1268
UT-Arlington0-03-283
App. St.0-02-2199
UL Lafayette0-02-3301
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S. Alabama0-01-3336
Troy0-01-3317
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Charlotte0-03-215
Marshall0-03-2112
Middle Tenn.0-03-2337
UT-San Antonio0-02-2333
Western Ky.0-02-3228
UAB0-02-4277
FAU0-01-3331
Rice0-01-4327
 
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