LAFAYETTE, La. -- Bryant Mbamalu scored 24 points, leading six Louisiana-Lafayette players in double figures, and the Ragin' Cajuns routed Louisiana-Monroe 90-66 Sunday night.
Louisiana-Lafayette (9-16, 5-9 Sun Belt) never trailed, but it was mostly a close game until the Ragin' Cajuns went on a 24-0 run in a 6-minute stretch midway through the second half to lead 78-50.
Elfrid Payton had 15 points, seven assists and four steals for the winners. Alan-Michael Thompson scored 12 points, Shawn Long had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Elridge Moore scored 11 points and Steven Wronkoski scored 10 for Louisiana-Lafayette.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
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.