TULSA, Okla. — Erasing a double-digit halftime deficit was no problem for the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team, but a late drought was as the Ragin’ Cajuns fell 64-53 at Tulsa on Monday night.
The Cajuns (1-1) trailed 32-21 at halftime but went on a 14-2 run to open up the second half, taking its final lead of the night on a jumper by J.J. Davenport. But Tulsa (1-1) responded with a run of its own and held the Cajuns without a field goal for a 6:52 stretch late in the second half.
“We played poor in the first half but came out well in the second half,” Cajuns coach Bob Marlin said. “But even with all that did not go our way, we still had a chance late in the game and did not execute.”
The Cajuns were plagued by turnovers, giving it up 13 times in the first half and 25 times on the night to lead to 20 Tulsa points. Shawn Long scored 12 of his team-high 15 points in the second half; he was the only Cajuns player to reach double figures.
Rashad Ray and Marquel Curtis led the Golden Hurricane with 16 points apiece, giving new coach Frank Haith the first victory of his tenure at Tulsa.
Brian Williams had nine points and six rebounds for the Cajuns, and Hayward Register hit two of their five 3s on the night. Tiremone Williams turned in a solid outing off the bench at point guard, pulling in a team-best six rebounds while also scoring four points with three assists and no turnovers in 21 minutes.
The Ragin’ Cajuns travel to Auburn on Friday before heading to Las Vegas next week to take on Milwaukee and Oral Roberts.