McNeese fights back but can't overcome early deficit to UL Lafay - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese fights back but can't overcome early deficit to UL Lafayette

(Source: KATC) (Source: KATC)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Malik Marquetti scored a career-high 17 points with five 3-pointers, JaKeenan Gant added 16 points, and UL Lafayette made 11 3-pointers in defeating McNeese 89-78 on Tuesday night.

Frank Bartley IV and Jonathan Stove scored 11 points apiece, Bryce Washington grabbed 11 rebounds, and UL Lafayette (5-2) scored 28 points off 16 Cowboys' turnovers.

Marcus Stroman's 3-pointer put UL Lafayette up for good, 7-6, and sparked a 16-0 run. The Cowboys closed on a 10-2 run in which Stephen Ugochukwu scored four, but UL Lafayette led 36-28 at halftime behind Gant's eight points after holding the Cowboys to 32 percent shooting from the floor.

Marquetti hit three straight 3s to open the second half and the Ragin' Cajuns led by 20 on Cedric Russell's 3 at the midway mark. The Cowboys closed to 87-78 on a 19-6 run capped by Kalob Ledoux's layup, but got no closer.

Ugochukwu scored 20 and grabbed 12 rebounds, Kalob Ledoux added 18 points, Jarren Greenwood 15, and Jacob Ledoux 14 for the Cowboys (3-4).

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