After Elridge Moore's jumper cut Louisiana-Lafayette's deficit to eight, 30-22 with 7:54 left in the first half, Western Kentucky went on a 15-6 run to go up 45-28 with 2:42 left in the period. Price's 3-pointer and Fant's dunk capped the run, and Western Kentucky led at halftime 53-36.
Western Kentucky shot 60.7 percent (17 of 28) in the first half and led by as many as 19 points.
The Hilltoppers led by double digits most of the second half.
Elfrid Payton scored a career-high 31 points for the Ragin' Cajuns (11-18, 7-11).
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.
|Texas San Antonio||3-15||13||5-27|