Gant, Bartley power Ragin’ Cajuns past Privateers, 87-65

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LAFAYETTE – JaKeenan Gant recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds while Frank Bartley scored all 19 of his points in the second half to lead the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns to an 87-65 win over New Orleans in a non-conference game on Saturday at the Cajundome.

Bryce Washington scored 12 points with Marcus Stroman and Malik Marquetti each adding 10 as Louisiana (9-2) won its sixth straight game and equaled its best start since 1993-94.

Gant, a Missouri transfer who recorded his fourth straight 20-point game, scored 17 points in the first half on 7 of 10 shooting as the Ragin’ Cajuns took a 42-35 lead at halftime.

Stroman, who dished out seven assists, opened a 10-3 run for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the first half with a 3-pointer at the 11:53 mark before a bucket by Washington and a 3-pointer by freshman Cedric Russell gave Louisiana a 22-15 lead.

New Orleans (2-7) opened the second half with a dunk by Travin Thibodeaux, cutting the lead to 42-37 with 19:33 remaining, but a layup by Marquetti, a 3-pointer by Bartley and two free throws from Washington pushed Louisiana’s lead to 49-37 with 18:08 left.

Bartley, who went 0-for-3 from the floor in the first half, was 5-for-6 in the final 20 minutes with three 3-pointers as Louisiana shot 14-for-24 (58 percent) in the second half and outscored the Privateers, 45-30.

Bryson Robinson hit the second of two free throws that got New Orleans as close as 72-60 with 7:31 remaining, but the Cajuns pulled away with a 9-1 run over the next 2:34 that was capped by a Marquetti 3-pointer for an 81-61 with 4:48 left.

Thibodeaux scored 23 points for New Orleans going 10-for-14 from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers. Diontae Champion added 11 points for the Privateers, who went 15-for-27 from the floor in the first half before being limited to 10 for 26 aim (38.5 percent) in the second half.

Louisiana will wrap up its non-conference home schedule on Tuesday when it plays host to Southeastern Louisiana in a 7 p.m. contest at the Cajundome.

FINAL SCORE: Louisiana 87, New Orleans 65

UP NEXT FOR LOUISIANA: Dec. 19 vs. Southeastern Louisiana – 7 p.m. – Lafayette, La. (Cajundome)

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LOUISIANA 87, NEW ORLEANS 65

NEW ORLEANS (2-7) Thibodeaux, Travin 10-14 1-2 23; Champion, Diontae 4-5 3-4 11; Green, Troy 3-5 1-3 7; Robinson, Bryson 1-5 3-4 6; Zeno, Michael 3-8 0-0 6; Plaisance, Scott 2-5 1-2 6; Puou, Makur 1-2 2-2 4; Rosser, Damion 1-2 0-0 2; Charles, Ezekiel 0-2 0-0 0; Jiles, Matthew 0-1 0-0 0; Riek, Bol 0-1 0-0 0; Harrison, Tyren 0-1 0-0 0; Berzat, Lamont 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 11-17 65

LOUISIANA (9-2) Gant, Jakeenan 8-13 5-7 21; Bartley, Frank 5-9 6-6 19; Washington, Bryce 4-8 4-4 12; Marquetti, Malik 3-5 2-2 10; Stroman, Marcus 3-7 2-3 10; Russell, Cedric 2-4 0-0 6; Stalcup, Larenz 2-2 0-0 4; Stove, Johnathan 1-2 1-3 3; Hardy, P.J. 1-1 0-0 2; Aucoin, Mason 0-0 0-0 0; Broussard, Jacob 0-0 0-0 0; Davis, Jerekius 0-1 0-0 0; Miller, Justin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-53 20-25 87

Halftime Score–Louisiana 42, New Orleans 35. 3-point goals–New Orleans 4-11 (Thibodeaux 2-3; Robinson 1-5; Plaisance 1-1; Harrison 0-1; Berzat 0-1), Louisiana 9-17 (Bartley 3-5; Stroman 2-4; Marquetti 2-3; Russell 2-4; Gant 0-1). Fouled out–New Orleans-None, Louisiana-None. Rebounds–New Orleans 24 (Champion 7), Louisiana 33(Gant 11). Assists–New Orleans 13 (Robinson 3), Louisiana 21 (Stroman 7). Total fouls–New Orleans 20, Louisiana 16. Technical fouls–New Orleans-None, Louisiana-None. Att-3445

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