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Men's Basketball - Cowboys visit arch-rival ULL at 7:05 on Tuesday

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McNeese State returns to action on Tuesday when the Cowboys visit the University of Louisiana at Lafayette three days after opening up at No. 2 ranked Michigan State.

Tip-off is slated for 7:05 at the Lafayette Cajundome. The game will be broadcast on Cajun Radio 1470 AM.

The Cowboys (0-1) dropped a 98-56 decision at Michigan State in the season opener on Friday but the score of the game doesn't reflect how the Cowboys played.

"I told the guys after the game that I was proud of them and for them to stay positive," said head coach Dave Simmons. "We've faced teams before where we played in places and our guy's eyes were wide open. I never saw the fear factor in our guys the other night."

McNeese actually led it 13-12 through the first four minutes of the game but poor shooting allowed the Spartans to roll of several runs and open up a lead the Cowboys couldn't recover from.

"The big difference in that game, and not to take away that they're a tremendous team, is we didn't shoot it well," said Simmons. "We shot it 73 times and they took 81 shots. Of the 73 we took, probably only 10 were shots we didn't want. But we took as many shots as I'd like us to have taken.

"We also missed 14 layups and a dunk. When you play people like Michigan State, you have to make those layups to have a chance."

Ledrick Eackles and Jamaya Burr scored 11 each for the Cowboys in the game as the team connected on 27.4 percent from the field. But McNeese turned the ball over just eight times while forcing the Spartans into 15 miscues.

"I thought Burr played awfully well," said Simmons of the true freshman. "He was guarded by a preseason all-American and took him to the basket several times. He played very well in that environment and against some of the top players in the country."

Although the environment at the Cajundome won't be anything near the experience at Michigan State, playing ULL on the road always comes with some excitement and disadvantages.

"Home court always has an advantage," said Simmons. "These are two true rivals going at it. Two teams that don't like each other.

"They (ULL) has very good shooters but this is a game we're capable of going on the road and winning. If we do the things we're supposed to do, shoot the ball like we can, we'll be in the hunt."

The Ragin' Cajuns (1-0) beat William Carey 75-60 in an exhibition game before thumping Louisiana College 101-67 on Saturday.

ULL had 10 players play 10 or more minutes as sophomore forward Shawn Long led the team with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

The Cajuns hit 41 of 79 from the field in the game but only took 11 shots from 3-point range, making two.

McNeese rung up 34 long range shots at MSU, one shy of the single-game school record, while sinking nine.

Tuesday's game will be the 85th meeting between the two schools with ULL leading the series by a 48-36 advantage. McNeese won last year's game by a 77-72 score in Lake Charles. The home team has won the last five games and 10 of the last 12.

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