LAFAYETTE, La. -- Shawn Long scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half and Alan-Michael Thompson came off the bench for 18 as Louisiana-Lafayette built a 19-point first-half lead en route to a 77-60 win over Lamar on Tuesday.
Elfrid Payton led the Ragin' Cajuns with 17 points. Both Payton and Long recorded 11 rebounds and went 7 of 14 from the field.
Louisiana-Lafayette opened the game with back-to-back layups, then Long, a freshman, scored the next seven points to put the Ragin' Cajuns up 11-0.
Lamar rallied to cut the deficit to 25-17 with 3:49 left in the first half but Josh Soto hit a 3-pointer, and Thompson scored eight straight points for the Ragin' Cajuns to create the halftime deficit.
Rhon Mitchell had 21 points for Lamar (1-8), which has lost eight of nine to open the season after going 23-12 last season.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite
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