Cajuns Cruise Past Loyola, 97-84
It was a night full of double doubles, season highs and career highs and it all added up to the fourth straight win for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns.
Louirnsiana broke open a tight game in the second half and extended its lead to as many as 25 points en route to a 97-84 win over Loyola (NO) before an announced crowd of 3,307.
JaKeenan Gant scored a season high 21 points and added a career high 13 rebounds to pace the Cajuns, but he was only one of three in the vermilion and white to notch a double double in the game. Justin Miller scored 13 points and added ten rebounds, while Marcus Stroman scored ten points and dished out ten assists.
Jeremy Hayes scored a career high 18 points for the Cajuns, while Jerekius Davis had a career high eleven rebounds. Malik Marquetti was the sixth Cajun to reach double digits with 14 points.
Freshman Zach Wrightstil took game honors with 23 points and added 15 rebounds for the Wolf Pack, while Myles Burns scored 14 points, Terry Smith, Jr. added 13 while Ethan Turner chipped in twelve.
Loyola held a 17-14 lead with 13:22 to play in the first half but the Cajuns (6-3) went on an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Marquetti hit a pair of free throws, Stroman scored on a layup, Marquetti hit a three ball, Gant scored on a dunk off a Stroman feed and Stroman got a steal and a bucket as Louisiana took a 25-17 lead at the 10:48 mark. The lead grew to 41-29 before a late Wolf Pack flurry cut the lead to 44-38 at intermission.
Loyola cut the lead to 49-45 in the first two minutes of the second half, but Gant hit a three pointer and Miller added a pair of triples in a 9-0 run that stretched the lead to 13. Miller's layup at the 13:28 mark stretched the lead to 67-51 and Louisiana slowly built the lead throughout the second half. A three point play by Hayes gave the Cajuns their biggest lead, 89-64 with just under four minutes to play.
The Cajuns are back in action Tuesday night when they host Prairie View A&M at the Cajundome.