LAFAYETTE — Justin Miller scored 15 points off the bench to lead seven players in double figures, and Louisiana-Lafayette shot 57 percent in posting a 112-63 win over Millsaps College in a men’s basketball exhibition game Thursday at the Cajundome.
Bryce Washington recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as UL-Lafayette opened a 59-34 lead at halftime and scored 33 points off 25 turnovers by the Majors. JaKeenan Gant, one of three Division I transfers for the Ragin’ Cajuns, added 14 points with Frank Bartley adding 12, Johnathan Stove 11, Mason Aucoin 11 and freshman Cedric Russell 11.
The Cajuns opened with a 17-7 run that was capped by a Miller jumper with 13:03 remaining in the first half before extending its lead to 42-21 on a layup by Marcus Stroman at the 6:12 mark.
The Ragin’ Cajuns built their lead to 70-39 with 16:38 remaining in the game when Gant followed up a Washington miss with a bucket before a jumper by Bartley push UL-Lafayette’s lead to 81-41 with 14:15 remaining.
UL-Lafayette, which finished 43-for-76 (56.6 percent) from the floor, took its biggest when a steal and dunk by Aucoin gave the Ragin’ Cajuns a 112-61 lead with 1:35 left.
Miller added seven rebounds for the Ragin’ Cajuns, who held a 40-29 rebounding advantage and limited the Majors to 20-for-57 shooting (35.1 percent) from the floor. Larenz Stalcup grabbed six rebounds, blocked three shots and dished out a game-high three assists as the Ragin’ Cajuns scored 62 points in the lane and added 60 bench points.
Michael Sullivan and She’Chem Grant each scored 13 points to lead Millsaps with Buck Blanz pulling down a team-high five rebounds.
UL-Lafayette will officially open the 2017-18 season on Nov. 10, when it travels to Ole Miss in a 7 p.m. game.