LAFAYETTE, La. -- Elfrid Payton scored 21 points, had seven assists and six steals as Louisiana-Lafayette beat Texas State 81-58 on Monday night.
Shawn Long added 18 points and nine rebounds for Louisiana (11-5, 2-1 Sun Belt). Payton and Long entered the game as the only duo in the nation averaging over 20 points -- 20.1 and 21.5 respectively.
Louisiana led 42-26 at halftime and pushed its lead to 20 in the first two minutes of the second half. Bryant Mbamalu added 14 points, including three of Louisiana's eight 3-pointers. The Ragin' Cajuns made 27 of 48 shots and 57 percent of their 14 3-point attempts.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.