LAFAYETTE – Anthony Duruji scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including five during a decisive 24-6 run, as Louisiana Tech sank a season-high 13 3-pointers and used a big second half to defeat the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 83-62, on Saturday at the Cajundome.
DaQuan Bracey scored a team-high 16 points to lead four players in double figures as Louisiana Tech (9-3) won its fifth straight game and claimed its first win in the Cajundome since a 61-59 victory on November 15, 2008.
Louisiana (7-4), which had its five-game win streak snapped and dropped its first non-conference game at home since the 2015-16 season, was led by Malik Marquetti’s career-high 22 points.
The Bulldogs took a 32-28 lead at halftime and took the lead for good on Oliver Powell’s bucket with 19:00 remaining. Louisiana cut the lead to 36-35 on a 3-pointer by Cedric Russell with 18:09 left before the Tech scored eight straight points in less than a minute as Bracey answered with a 3-pointer at the 17:48 mark, JaColby Pemberton added a pair of free throws and drilled a 3-pointer for a 44-35 lead with 16:56 left.
Louisiana closed to within 46-38 on Marquetti’s 3-pointer with 15:25 remaining, but the Bulldogs would eventually push the lead to 60-41 on a bucket by Mubarak Muhammed with 11:26 left.
Pemberton added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, who made 19 of 33 shots from the floor in the second and 8 of 13 from behind the 3-point line. Amorie Archibald added 13 points and seven assists for the Bulldogs with Powell pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds.
Marcus Stroman scored 19 points with five assists for Louisiana, which finished 20-for-57 (35.1 percent) from the floor. Jerekius Davis came off the bench to add 11 points for the Ragin’ Cajuns with Justin Miller pulling down 10 rebounds.
Louisiana will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Lake Charles to face McNeese in a 6:30 p.m., contest at Cowboy’s new Health and Human Performance Complex. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television with fans outside of the CST footprint able to watch the game on ESPN+.
SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE
• Season tickets, beginning at $100, are available online at RaginCajuns.com using Account Manager, or by calling the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at (337) 265-2357.
• All current UL faculty and staff, along with recent graduates (within the last five years), can purchase season tickets at a 50-percent discount to cheer on the Ragin’ Cajuns during the 2018-19 season at the Cajundome.
• The special package will allow recent graduates of Louisiana to purchase tickets in sections 101-103. Discounts will be applied upon confirmation of graduate status by the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office.
GET YOUR PASSPORT
• The game against Southern is part of the “Louisiana Passport,” which will recognize Ragin’ Cajuns fans who attend all eight of Louisiana’s scheduled games against in-state opponents during the 2018-19 season.
• Each game, beginning with the Ragin’ Cajuns Nov. 28 game at New Orleans, fans will get their passport stamped at a location to be determined. In-state games for the Ragin’ Cajuns include home games against Southern (Dec. 1), Loyola (Dec. 5), Louisiana Tech (Dec. 15) and ULM (Feb. 16), with additional road games slated against McNeese State (Dec. 18), Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 29) and ULM (Jan. 19).
• At Louisiana’s game against ULM at the Cajundome on Feb. 16, those who have a completed passport with eight stamps will be recognized on the court at some point during the game.
• For more information on tickets, contact the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at (337) 265-2357. For information concerning parking, contact the RCAF at (337) 851-2903.
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