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.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.