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Men's Basketball: Louisiana Dominant In 78-45 SBC Win Over App State + Jan. 13th Reunion Information

Frank Bartley 

LAFAYETTE – Frank Bartley scored 16 points to lead three players in double figures and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball closed out the first half on a dominant 27-2 run to claim a 78-45 win over Appalachian State in a Sun Belt Conference game on Thursday at the Cajundome.
 
Bryce Washington posted his eighth double-double of the season – and 33rd of his career – with 15 points and 10 rebounds as Louisiana (13-3, 3-0 SBC) built a commanding 46-17 lead at halftime and allowed its fewest points in an SBC home game since giving up 42 to Texas State on Feb. 19, 2015.
 
Louisiana, the lone unbeaten team remaining in SBC play, erased a 9-6 deficit early in the first half after 3-pointers by Tyrell Johnson and Justin Forrest before taking the lead for good as Marcus Stroman scored on a short jumper, Malik Marquetti drained a 3-pointer and Cedric Russell converted on a four-point play for a 15-9 lead.
 
Appalachian State (7-9, 2-1 SBC), which entered the game second in the SBC in scoring offense (82.0) and was one of three teams unbeaten in SBC play after the first weekend, closed the gap to 19-15 after baskets by Johnson and Ronshad Shabazz, but Johnathan Stove scored six straight points during a 17-0 spurt for Louisiana.
 
Washington converted a three-point play for a 32-15 lead with 4:53 remaining in the first half before Bartley would close out the half with consecutive 3-pointers.
 
A bucket by Washington, who finished 5-for-9 from the floor, pushed Louisiana's lead to 57-27 with 13:52 remaining and the Ragin' Cajuns took their biggest lead of the night on a Jerekius Davis putback with 7:35 for a 73-37 advantage.
 
Marquetti scored all 10 of his points in the first half as Louisiana finished 29-for-66 (43.9 percent) from the floor and connected on 8 of 25 3-pointers. Stove, Russell and Justin Miller scored eight points each for the Ragin' Cajuns with Stroman dishing out a game-high four assists.
 
Forrest scored 12 points to lead App State, which finished 19-for-55 from the floor (34.5 percent) from the floor and committed 17 turnovers. Shabazz, who was fourth in the SBC in scoring at 20.9 points per game, was limited to eight points on 3 of 11 shooting including 0-for-4 from behind the 3-point line.
 
Louisiana will resume SBC play on Saturday when it plays host to Coastal Carolina (7-9, 1-2 SBC) in a 7 p.m., contest at the Cajundome.


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Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.

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

LAFAYETTE – 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.
 
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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