The Ragin Cajuns (9-4) pulled away early as Long had a three-point play, two 3-pointers and a jumper to spark a 17-0 run to open the game. Louisiana-Lafayette coasted to a 46-26 halftime advantage and shot 49.3 percent from the field.
Long, who averages 21.2 points a game, finished 11 of 15 from the field. Kevin Brown added nine points for the Ragin Cajuns.
Central Methodist (7-8) started the game cold as it missed its first eight field goal attempts and had five turnovers, stumbling to a 36.8 shooting percentage. Mitchell Farr ended the scoring drought with a jumper at the 14:28 mark. He had 26 points on 8-of-15 shooting and hit four 3-pointers.
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