The Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team opened play in the Beryl Shipley Classic with a 73-64 victory over Houston Baptist on Friday evening at the Cajundome.
The game was the home opener for ULL (2-2) and was the first home opening victory since the 2007-08 season.
ULL started slow, shooting below 20 percent in the first nine minutes and fell behind by as many as five points twice. The Cajuns shot above 60 percent the remainder of the half and erased a 20-15 deficit by outscoring Houston Baptist (1-2) by a 22-8 margin in the final six minutes for a 37-28 halftime edge.
Josh Brown scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Cajuns. Kadeem Coleby tied a season-high with 16 points. Brown narrowly missed a double-double finishing with a game-high nine rebounds.
ULL next plays Cal State Fullerton at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
CAL STATE FULLERTON 73, NICHOLLS STATE 63: In Lafayette, down 55-44 with 12:04 remaining in the game, Nicholls State used a 16-9 rally over the next seven minutes to pull to within three of the Cal State Fullerton Titans, but two quick 3-pointers by the Titans at the end of that run was enough to pull away from the Colonels and defeat Nicholls in the opening game of the Beryl Shipley Classic.
Nicholls (0-3) got key stops during that run in the second period which led to the Colonels being able to claw back into the game, including a big night from sophomore Chris Talkington who scored nine of his career-high 17 points in the second period. Nicholls also got solid production from Trevon Lewis off of the bench with ten points, followed by Dantrell Thomas’ nine.
CSF (2-0) was 24-for-35 at the free throw line, while Nicholls was 12-for-21. The Titans had four players score in double-figures led by D.J. Seeley’s 18 points, who converted on the second three pointer of a 6-0 run for the Titans that put them up nine with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
The Colonels take on Houston Baptist at 5 p.m. Saturday.
TULANE 73, UMES 52: In New Orleans, Tulane used a solid defensive effort to defeat Maryland-Eastern Shore to wrap up a three-game homestand.
The Green Wave (3-0) held UMES (1-2) to just 15 of 50 field goals for the game, including 6 of 23 in the first half. Tulane also had nine steals, seven blocked shots, forced 16 turnovers and converted them into 24 points.
Offensively, Kendall Timmons led Tulane with 20 points and added nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Josh Davis collected his third double double in as many games with 15 points and 10 boards today.
SLU 76, JACKSON STATE 49: In Hammond, Southeastern Louisiana shot 55.6 percent from the floor and pulled away for a win over Jackson State on Friday.
Southeastern (2-1) led by as many as 28 on the way to its second home win of the season. In addition to the efficient offensive performance, Southeastern also forced Jackson State (0-1) into 20 turnovers.
The Lady Lions featured another balanced attack, as sophomore forward Aja Gibson led three Southeastern players in double figures with 13 points. Senior guards Kelli Jenkins (11 points) and Latoria Holder (10 points) joined Gibson, while freshmen Symone Miller and Hillary Shaffer finished with nine points each.
Freshman Elizabeth Styles was the Lady Lions’ top distributor, coming off the bench with five assists. Junior Brandi Simmons led Southeastern in rebounds for the third straight game, pulling down seven to help the Lady Lions to a 37-33 rebounding advantage.