McNeese Basketball falls to UL-Lafayette 92-66 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese Basketball falls to UL-Lafayette 92-66

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By McNeese SID Matthew Bonnette

LAFAYETTE – McNeese State rallied from a big first-half deficit but was unable to repeat the same in the second half as Louisiana-Lafayette mounted to big second frame runs to lead the Cajuns to a 92-66 win over the Cowboys in front of 3,071 in the Cajundome Tuesday night.


Adrian Fields tied a career-high with 19 points to lead the Cowboys (0-2) while Ledrick Eackles finished with 15 points.  The duo combined to hit 9 of 16 from 3-point range with five of those coing in the final seven minutes of the first half as the Cowboys rallied from a 32-15 deficit at the 7:03 mark to trail just 41-38 at the break.


"We put together a good run at the end of the half and that's what I thought we needed," said head coach Dave Simmons.  "We have yet to put together two good halves in the first two games."


ULL went up 49-41 early in the second half but McNeese got layups from Kevin Hardy and Craig McFerrin to cut it to 49-45 at the 16:13 mark.  From there, the Cajuns put together a 14-2 run to open up a 63-47 lead with 11:39 to go, then another run of 22-9 in a six minute span to put the game out of reach.


"I think the thing that disappoints me the most is that we work hard to get back in the game and then we let it get away from us again," said Simmons.  "We'll continue to work hard.  We'll put this one behind us and get ready for the next game."


Hardy added a double-double for the Cowboys with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Jamaya Burr led the team with four assists and added six points.  Fields, Burr and Hardy each turned the ball over four times in the game as the Cowboys finished with 17 for the contest, nine more than what they did at Michigan State on Friday.


"You look at those 17 turnovers and obviously that's concerning to us," said Simmons.  "And we have to look at why we give up so many points in the paint."


The Cowboys were outscored by a 54-22 margin in the paint.


A lot of that came from Cajun big man Shawn Long who finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds.  Elfrid Payton added 22 points for ULL while Elridge Moore chipped in with 16.  ULL connected on 35 of 68 for 51.5 percent from the field and held a 46-41 advantage on the boards.


The Cajuns also took advantage of those 17 Cowboy miscues by scoring 22 points off the errors.


The Cowboys hit just 23 of 69 from the field for 33.3 percent and were 11 of 26 from 3-point range for 42.3 percent.  The Cowboys are averaging 30 long range shots though the first two games.


McNeese will open its home season on Friday at 7 when it hosts Louisiana College in Burton Coliseum.  It'll be the only home game for the Cowboys until a Dec. 31 matinee against Dillard.

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