JONESBORO, Ark. — The Louisana-Lafayette men’s basketball team closed out the regular season with its sixth straight win, sweeping the season series with Arkansas State with a 81-57 win Saturday.
Louisiana (19-12, 12-7 Sun Belt) heads to the Sun Belt Conference tournament, where it will be the No. 4 seed, opening up against the winner of No. 5 Texas-Arlington and No. 8 Texas State on Friday at 5 p.m. at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. Should the Cajuns advance to the semifinals, they would take on No. 1 seed Georgia State.
Hayward Register connected on six 3s and came up a point short of tying his career high with 19 points for the game. Shawn Long finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season, and Bryce Washington set career highs with 12 rebounds and six assists to go with eight points.
Jay Wright had 14 points and seven rebounds, while Johnathan Stove had 10 points — all in the first half — on 4-for-6 shooting.
In all, it was the largest margin of victory ever for the Cajuns in Jonesboro and did so by winning for the first time this season when shooting less than 40 percent form the field. But the Red Wolves were even less efficient, hitting just 35.1 percent, making them the fourth Cajuns opponent in the past five games to shoot below 40 percent.
Anthony Livingston led A-State (11-18, 6-14) — which did not qualify for the SBC tournament — with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while PJ Hardwick had 13 points off the bench.
The Cajuns shot just 37.8 percent in the first half, but connected on six 3s and turned the ball over just three times to build a 43-33 lead at the break.