Men’s Basketball: Cajuns Surge Past UIW In CIT Opening Round
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Bryce Washington scored a career-high 25 points and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns overcame a 13-point first half deficit with a dominating second half to roll by Incarnate Word, 83-68, in the opening round of the CIT on Tuesday at the McDermott Center.
Louisiana (21-13) trailed 39-34 at the break, but shot 59.3 percent and outscored UIW (18-11) 49-29 in the second half, leading by as much as 22 points, to advance to the second round of the tournament against an opponent to be announced later in the week.
The win was the first postseason win for the Cajuns – aside from the SBC Tournament –since an 87-83 win over Oklahoma in the 1992 NCAA Tournament.
Washington finished with a game-high 25 points on 11-for-14 shooting, while Hayward Register hit four of UL’s 10 threes for 12 points and Shawn Long turned in 11 points and nine rebounds. Johnathan Stove just missed reaching double figures with nine points, hitting 5-for-6 from the foul line.
Additionally, UL assisted on 24 of 30 made baskets, led by seven from point guard Jay Wright. Long and Tiremone Williams each added five assists as well, career highs for both players.