SAN MARCOS, Texas — Johnathan Stove scored 19 points, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette topped Texas State 72-63 in men’s college basketball Saturday.
UL-Lafayette (12-10, 6-5 Sun Belt) used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to lead by as many as 16. Texas State got a 3-pointer from D.J. Brown and went on a 12-4 run, much of it coming at the line, and trailed 34-27 at halftime.
UL-Lafayette increased the lead to 44-28 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Hayward Register, his only points of the game, early in the second.
Texas State erased its deficit over a six minute period with a 22-4 run, capped by a pair of Kavin Gilder-Tilbury 3-pointers that made it 50-48 midway through the second.
UL-Lafayette responded and ran off 10 straight to go up 68-62 with 1:39 left.
Shawn Long had 17 points and 13 rebounds for UL-Lafayette. Point guard Jay Wright had 10 assists and one turnover.
Gilder-Tilbury led Texas State (10-10, 4-7) with a career-high 20 points.
The Bobcats lost their fifth straight.
Despite their early lead, the Cajuns still had to play comeback, closing the game on a 14-1 run.
“We played so well in the first half, but to Texas State’s credit they whittled it down by the end of the half,” Cajuns coach Bob Marlin said. “We got off to a good start in the second half with some 3s from Hayward (Register), but then we got in early foul trouble again.
“But we made free throw after free throw to stay in it, and then made the plays in the final minutes to pull this out.”
Bryce Washington got his second straight start and responded with nine rebounds and a pair of blocks, and the Cajuns made plenty of hey at the foul line where they hit 20-of-23.
Stove carried the load in the first half, hitting all six of his shots from the field and surpassing his career high in the game’s first 15 minutes with 15 points to go with a pair of blocks.
But after the Cajuns built up a 16-point lead, the Bobcats held the Cajuns without a field goal for the final 6:52 of the first half.
The Cajuns now return home for a pair of home games next week, beginning Thursday against Appalachian State at the Cajundome.