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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Scoreboard
Middle Tennessee (5-1) «383472
Louisiana-Lafayette (2-5)322658

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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.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
UTEP12-615-17222
Rice11-723-12168
Marshall10-820-15112
UAB9-917-16198
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
Charlotte7-1113-17243
FAU6-1210-20282
So. Miss6-129-22331
FIU3-157-24337
North Texas2-168-22339

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT-Arlington14-427-945
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Troy10-822-15147
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300
UL-Monroe2-169-24297
 
Other games
UK 50 Final
ND 64
LCSC 57 Final
GONZ 104
MU 49 Final
FLA 82