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Sikes sinks game-winning FT as South Alabama advances

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rodrick Sikes made one of two free throws with four seconds remaining and eighth-seeded South Alabama held on to upend No. 5 seed Louisiana Lafayette 70-69 in the second round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Josh Ajayi led South Alabama with 25 points and the Jaguars advance to face fourth-seeded Texas State in Friday's quarterfinals.

Sikes finished with 15 points for South Alabama (17-16). Trhae Mitchell added nine points, seven rebounds and six assists.

The Jaguars scored 24 points off 14 Louisiana turnovers

Jakeenan Gant had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Ragin' Cajuns (19-13). Jerekius Davis added 17 points and eight rebounds. Cedric Russell had 10 points and five steals.

A layup by Gant knotted the game at 69-69 with 1:43 to play and neither team scored another basket. Ajayi grabbed the rebound of a 3-point miss by Louisiana's Russell and Sikes was fouled with four ticks on the clock, making one.

Neither team led by more than six points in a game with seven ties and 10 lead changes.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo South Alabama 17-16 333770
home team logo Louisiana 19-13 333669
Team Stats
away team logo South Alabama 17-16 72.9 PPG 35 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo Louisiana 19-13 81.6 PPG 39 RPG 15.3 APG
Key Players
33
J. Ajayi 16.4 PPG 7.4 RPG 1.6 APG 56.0 FG%
23
J. Gant 20.5 PPG 8.6 RPG 1.3 APG 54.4 FG%
Top Scorers
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PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
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Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB