LAFAYETTE - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team makes its home debut Friday night when it faces Houston Baptist in the nightcap of the Beryl Shipley Classic in the Cajundome.
Cal State Fullerton (1-0) faces Nicholls State (0-2) at 5 p.m. in the opener of the event honored the school’s former coach who died earlier this year.
The tournament continues with two games on Saturday evening before concluding with an afternoon doubleheader on Sunday.
The Cajuns of coach Bob Marlin will be trying to bounce back from a 1-2 mark and a third-place finish in the season-opening Hilltop Challenge tournament at San Francisco last week.
After defeating Northern Arizona 83-66 in the opener on Friday, Nov. 11, ULL fell 78-58 to North Dakota State on Saturday and 71-70 to host San Francisco on Sunday.
The Cajuns had three different scoring leaders in the three San Francisco games. Kadeem Coleby had 16 in the win over Northern Arizona, Elfrid Payton 13 against North Dakota State and J.J. Thomas 15 against San Francisco.
Houston Baptist (1-1) is led by senior center Joe Latas who averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first two games.
ULL, which was 10-4 at home last year en route to a 14-15 overall mark, is 18-7 in home openers at the Cajundome.
In the opener, Nicholls State will be trying to break into the win column after opening the season with losses at LSU and Tulane.
The Colonels, who have only one senior (Ben Martin) on this year’s squad.
The team, has seven newcomers, including four freshmen, two transfers and one walk-on player.
Freshman Trevon Lewis scored 19 points to lead Nicholls State in the season-opening loss to LSU.
The family of Shipley, the former University of Southwestern Louisiana basketball coach who died earlier this year, will be honored Friday night, with other presentations on Saturday and Sunday.
Shipley had a 293-126 record in 16 seasons with the Cajuns.
BRCC BASKETBALL TEAMS BACK IN ACTION: The Baton Rouge Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams return to action Friday with a pair of road games.
The BRCC women travel to face San Jacinto at 7:30 p.m.
BRCC’s men travel to compete in the Lamar State College -Port Arthur Tournament.