LAFAYETTE, La. -- Shawn Long scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Louisiana-Lafayette overpowered Southern University at New Orleans in the second half to win 76-66 Wednesday night.
The Ragin' Cajuns (2-2) trailed 26-24 at intermission after a back-and-forth first half in which the NAIA Knights (2-1) led by five.
The lead changed hands five more times before Bryant Mbamalu's 3-pointer gave Louisiana-Lafayette a 49-42 lead with 12:39 to go. After Southern-New Orleans briefly cut the deficit to three with 10:19 left, the Ragin' Cajuns pulled away.
Elridge Moore and Steven Wronkoski added 12 points and Elfrid Payton 11 points and seven assists for Louisiana-Lafayette, which shot 46.8 percent from the field (29 of 62), but hit only 3 of 17 from long range.
Anthony Turner scored 16 points and pulled down 16 rebounds and Joshua Major added 15 points for the Knights in the first meeting between the programs.
Duke and Cincinnati, 2016 NCAA tournament teams, highlight the eight-team field for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
NCAA champion Villanova will play Notre Dame and Pittsburgh will play Penn State in the inaugural Never Forget Tribute Classic at Prudential Center on Dec. 10.
Florida guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez has decided to leave the team after two seasons.