So just which of these teams was heralded for 3-point shooting?
Savannah State came to the Cajundome Friday afternoon having made 15 treys in its first win of the season Wednesday, and the Tigers were the national leader last season with nearly 14 made per game.
On Friday, though, it was UL-Lafayette that put on a long-range shooting display for the second straight game. The Ragin' Cajuns used that marksmanship to roll to a 115-82 win over the Tigers in a rare Friday afternoon game.
The Cajuns (2-1) put up twice as many 3-pointers as Savannah State and hit on 16 of 35, tying a school record for treys in a game. Over the past two games, including Tuesday’s 113-58 win over Louisiana College, UL-Lafayette is 29 of 61 outside the arc (47.5 percent).
“We’ve shot it well for the last two games,” said Cajun coach Bob Marlin, whose squad was 42 of 78 (53.8 percent) from the floor overall. “That comes from sharing the ball. I’ve been really played with the way we shared it. That’s going to be one of the strengths of this team going forward.”
Savannah State (1-3), after shooting 51 3-pointers on Wednesday and 128 in its first two games, was only 6 of 17 outside the arc.
“We said going in that we wanted to run them off the 3-point line,” Marlin said. “We had to kind of pick our poison, and we decided to make them make some tough 2s. Their guards are quick, and we looked bad at times in stopping them from getting to the bucket, but we wanted to stop the 3-pointer first. It was kind of like role reversal.”
The Cajuns shot better than 60 percent in the first half in building a 67-44 halftime lead and never let the margin get below 20 in the second half along. They led by as many as 35 in the final minutes.
Senior forward Bryce Washington, who struggled in the season opener at Ole Miss, posted his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Washington, the Sun Belt Conference’s leader in field-goal percentage last season, was 9 of 11 from the field and is 14 of 16 in the past two games.
He also became the 45th player in school history to reach the career 1,000-point mark, getting there on a putback with 15:35 left, and was the biggest factor in the Cajuns claiming a huge 52-32 rebound advantage.
“Bryce was really active, and he got some big-boy rebounds tonight,” Marlin said. “He had eight on the offensive end. That’s huge for us, and that’s nothing but effort.”
Frank Bartley also had 21 points, and true freshman guard Cedric Russell hit 6 of 7 3-pointers on his way to 20 points. Russell is 15 of 22 outside the arc through three games. Transfer guard Marcus Stroman did not take a shot in 22 minutes but had 11 of UL-Lafayette's 30 assists.
Dexter McClanahan led the Tigers with 17 points, and Alante Fenner had 11 as the only double-figure scorers for Savannah State.
The rare weekday afternoon game was part of UL-Lafayette’s Homecoming activities and also gave the Cajuns a jump-start on weekend travel. In fact, the Cajuns left directly from the Cajundome for Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport and will depart early Saturday for the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic beginning Monday.