LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette had its share of opportunities Monday night’s 57-55 loss to UL-Monroe at the Cajundome.
But the Cajuns (10-9, 4-4) made only 18 of 55 field goals in suffering their third straight loss.
“We had some great looks tonight,” guard Xavian Rimmer said. “We had a lot of in-and-outs. They just didn’t fall tonight.”
The Warhawks (13-6, 7-1) remained atop of the Sun Belt Conference with the victory.
In 17 games this season, the Cajuns owned the best 3-point field goal percentage in the Sun Belt Conference (36. percent). But on Monday night, they went 2 for 18 from behind the arc.
“Two of 18 is unacceptable,” Rimmer said. “It wasn’t the defense, we just didn’t hit our shots. We have to get back into the gym and shoot.”
The Cajuns were able to salvage some possessions with nine offensive rebounds, but the inability to take advantage of open 3-point looks proved to be costly.
“Our guards didn’t make shots,” Cajuns coach Bob Marlin said. “I thought we had good shot selection, but you’re not going to beat people going 2-of-18 from three. We are better than that. Our guys have shot it well in practice, but we didn’t make them tonight.”
Long bounces back
In Saturday’s game against South Alabama, Shawn Long missed 13 shots, marking the most missed shots from him in a game this season. The junior forward came back strong Monday, collecting 19 points on 6 of 10 shooting, along with nine rebounds.
Long also passed Todd Hill in career points, putting him 21st in Cajuns history with 1,401 career points, and moved into fourth all-time in career rebounds (846).
Junior forward Devonta Walker also had a solid night, finishing with 15 points (5 for 5 from the free-throw line) and nine rebounds.
Charity stripe success
Despite the cold shooting performance, the Cajuns were able to take advantage of their trips to the free-throw line, sinking 17 of 18 attempts.
“Thank goodness we made our free-throws, but we were stagnant on offense at times,” Marlin said. “Defensively we were strong enough to win this game. Tonight’s win was on the offense.”
The Cajuns take the court again Thursday as they host Arkansas State (8-9, 3-5).
“It’s never as good as it seems, and it’s never as bad as it seems,” Marlin said. “It’s about the reality of the situation. We have to play better. There is a lot of parody in our league. There will be opportunities where we can get one back.”