The Bobcats remain winless against the Rajin’ Cajuns since joining the Sun Belt conference in 2013. UL Lafayette won by a score of 80-54. Texas State basketball came into the matchup with a road record of 35 and a 34 conference record. UL Lafayette holds on to the top five spot in the Sun Belt after the win and improve to 8-0 at home.
Lafayette had a commanding 35-21 lead at the half. This lead came behind the dominant play of Shawn Long who had a double-double in the first half. Long collected more rebounds by himself then the Bobcats had total in the first half. Long had 11 boards compared to the Bobcats 7. The Rajin’ Cajuns held the Bobcats to 31% shooting and not allowing a single 3 pointer. Texas State was unable to get any rhythm on the offensive end due to their lack of defensive production, and ability to rebound. When trailing at the half, the Bobcats have yet to win a game all season.
To start the second half Danny Kaspar made the call to switch the defense from man to zone. This strategy worked the Bobcats within 8 points (48-40). That was when ULL decided to go lights out from 3. They began hitting bombs from all over the court, including one 3-pointer with the shot-clock winding down that banked off the glass from 3 feet behind the arc. Texas State could not catch a break after the Rajin’ Cajuns started to rain in 3’s.
Emani Gant has hit a rough patch the last couple games. He has yet to eclipse the double-digit points mark in 3 straight outings. Ended this one with 6 points, shooting 3-11 from the field, and only 3 boards.
Ojai Black was productive in this game coming off his career high in assists in the last matchup against Arkansas State. Black ended the night with 14 points on 4-6 shooting, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Ojai has been a bright spot here in the middle stretch of the season, and has been a lift through the struggles of Gant. Ethan Montalvo came back to earth last night. The senior has been a tear as of late but struggled in this one only ending with 3 points.
The Bobcats remain out of the top five in conference and fall to a 3-5 conference record. This was the first game of 4 straight on the road. With a now 3-6 record away from Strahan, the Bobcats need to find some life if they want to make a push towards the Sun Belt tournament.
UL Monroe is next on the schedule and it will be a quick turnaround game on Saturday as part of a double-header with the women’s game beforehand. Tip-off is set for 2pm in the afternoon on Saturday and live coverage will be broadcast on KTSW.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.