Based on what we saw on Wednesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, LSU and UL-Lafayette need to play more often in basketball. In a very emotional contest, the Tigers took the Cajuns best shot, but came away with a hard fought 84-76 win in Baton Rouge.
Senior Duop Reath had a huge game as he scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The big man also had four blocked shots and two steals.
Brandon Sampson had 18 points and a few thunderous dunks. Sampson was also 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
For the game, LSU shot 53% from the field and they were 22 of 30 from the free throw line. The Tigers hit most of their free throws down the stretch.
The Cajuns shot just 37%, but they had 21 offensive rebounds and that led to 20 points for the Sun Belt regular season champs.
Baton Rouge native Frank Bartley had 21 points, including five 3-pointers, before fouling out. Another Capital City product, Johnathan Stove had 17 points.
It was a highly competitive game. With 12 seconds left, LSU Coach Will Wade and Cajuns Coach Bob Marlin got into a shouting match and each were hit with a technical foul.
Wade said in the postgame he called timeout, so the Cajuns can enjoy the PMAC since they don't play there often.
There was also a brief altercation between players from each team after the postgame handshake.
LSU is 18-14, 14-4 at home. The Cajuns season ends with a 27-7 record.
The Tigers will play again against either UC Davis or Utah.