After slow start, Cajuns scorch nets to rout Texas-A&M-Corpus Christi _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Lafayette's Bryce Washington breaks away from Islander defenders on Wednesday night at the Cajundome

LAFAYETTE — If the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team had its druthers, the coaches would use this weekend to recruit while the players relaxed.

That being said, the Cajuns will take another day to play basketball over their season being done, and they’ll do just that Saturday afternoon against Furman.

The Cajuns found out Thursday morning they’d be playing Furman in Greenville, South Carolina, at 1 p.m. Saturday for a second-round matchup of the Tournament (CIT). Furman defeated the Cajuns’ Sun Belt Conference rival UL-Monroe in the first round.

There was a possibility the Cajuns could’ve had a second-round bye, but the chips didn’t fall right in the first round.

Because the CIT field is 26 teams this year instead of the usual 32, three teams earned second-round byes. Those teams were determined by who had the highest Ken Pomeroy RPI ratings.

The Cajuns had the fourth highest rating going into the tournament, and all three higher-rated teams — UC-Irvine, UT-Arlington and Columbia — won in the first round.

The Cajuns used a sharp-shooting effort against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to advance to the second round in a 96-72 win. They knocked down nine consecutive 3-point attempts at one point in that game to record the highest score by any team in the CIT’s first round.

Furman’s Daniel Fowler knocked down a shot as time expired to give the Paladins a 58-57 win against UL-Monroe in the first round. The Paladins are 19-15 this season and have gone 14-1 on their home floor.

The Cajuns were not able to host this weekend because the Cajundome is already booked for another event.