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Men's Basketball: Louisiana Handcuffs A-State To Improve To 2-0 In SBC Play, 88-78

JONESBORO, Ark. – Frank Bartley tied a season-high with 23 points as he led five players in double figures and help lift the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns to an 88-78 win over Arkansas State in a Sun Belt Conference men's basketball game on Sunday at First National Bank Arena.
Marcus Stroman recorded the first double-double of his career, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the second half, while dishing out 10 assists as Louisiana (12-3, 2-0 SBC) shot 63 percent (15-for-24) from the floor in the second half and used a late 14-4 run to pull away.
Bryce Washington posted his 32nd career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while JaKeenan Gant chipped in with 10 points and Johnathan Stove 10.
"It's never an easy game in Jonesboro," head coach Bob Marlin said. "This is a good environment, the crowd is always on us pretty hard, they're on the officials. It's just a good college basketball environment.
"We didn't defend well in the first half, but we made adjustments and we stopped them late. We locked in and were able to get stops, get run outs and made some really athletic plays. We pitched ahead and got a couple of nice dunks from (JaKeenan) Gant and (Frank) Bartley. Bartley hit a couple of big three's for us and Bryce (Washington) was huge for us with rebounds down the stretch."
Arkansas State (6-9, 1-1 SBC) trailed 74-68 before Rashad Lindsey and Ty Cockfield drained 3-pointers to tie the game with 5:50 left.
Louisiana claimed the lead for good, scoring the next nine points beginning with Stove burying a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3:57 remaining. Stroman converted both free throws in a 1-and-1 opportunity for the Ragin' Cajuns before Gant scored on a layup and Bartley added a dunk for an 83-74 lead with 2:40 left.
The Red Wolves, who missed 12 of their final 14 shots from the floor, got buckets from Deven Simms and Cockfield, cutting the deficit to 83-78 with 2:12 remaining, but Stroman and Washington combined to hit five free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Arkansas State opened the game making 14 of its first 19 shots from the floor, including 10 straight to build a six-point lead in the first half. The Red Wolves took a 44-40 lead in the second half on buckets by Grantham Gillard and Tamas Bruce, but the Ragin' Cajuns responded with a bucket by Washington and a pair of free throws by Stove with 18:08 remaining.
The Red Wolves opened the first half going 15-for-22 (68.2 percent) from the floor before Louisiana held them to 15-for-41 (36.6 percent) in the second half and 30-for-63 (47.6 percent) for the game.
The Ragin' Cajuns held a 37-28 advantage on the glass with Washington increasing his career total to 901 and becoming the fifth player in school history with 900 rebounds. Stroman notched his third double-digit game in assists this season for Louisiana with Stove recording five assists. The Ragin' Cajuns finished 31-for-56 (55.4 percent) from the floor for the game and 20-for-25 (80.0 percent) from the free throw line.
Lindsey led Arkansas State with 18 points with Bruce and Simms scoring 14 each and Cockfield 13.
Louisiana will return to action on Thursday when it plays host to Appalachian State (7-8, 2-0 SBC) in the nightcap of a doubleheader at the Cajundome. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Men's Basketball Reunion Set for Jan. 13, 2018

Former members of the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball program and their families are invited to participate in the 2018 Men's Basketball Reunion that is scheduled for January 13, 2018 at the Cajundome.
All men's basketball alums will be able to participate in a day of activities leading up to the Ragin' Cajuns contest against ULM, scheduled for 7 p.m.

The invitation includes the support groups such as coaches, managers, athletic trainers, etc.
Activities include a tour of the Donald and Janice Mosing Student-Athlete Performance Center, watching the Ragin' Cajuns during their afternoon shootaround, meeting the coaches and team and tickets to both the 4 p.m. women's game and the men's contest, which will include a halftime presentation.
To RSVP or for more information, please contact Melissa Minton at mminton@louisiana.edu . All alums are asked to include name, years played, mailing address and ticket request (up to 4).

For information and photos of previous men's basketball reunions, click on www.athleticnetwork.net
Ragin' Cajuns Reunions and Special Events
Scroll down to the basketball reunions beginning with 2018 and going down to 2001.

Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.
For information on the Men's Basketball Reunion scheduled for Jan. 13, 2018, please click on the Ragin' Cajuns Reunions and Special Events (banner on right side of the News Box at www.athleticnetwork.net) There you will find information on recognitions, schedule, tickets, etc. Dr. Bryan Maggard. Athletic Director,  and Coach Bob Marlin extend the invitation to all former Men's Basketball Players, their families,  their support groups - including managers, athletic trainers, coaches, etc. Please help spread the word and RSVP to the request for information in the invitation, whether or not attending. Thanks.

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