Sun Belt Conference Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 8th)
Final Score: Western Kentucky 74, ULM 60
Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - T.J. Price led the way with 18 points as the sixth-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers dismissed the 11th-seeded ULM Warhawks, 74-60, in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Summit Arena.
George Fant added 12 points on 6-of-6 from the field for WKU (17-15), which will battle third-seeded South Alabama in the quarterfinal round on Saturday.
For ULM (4-23), Kyle Koszuta scored 15 points, Millaun Brown tallied 12 points and seven rebounds, while Amos Olatayo and Trent Mackey netted 10 points apiece.
WKU dominated the first half, outshooting ULM from the field, 69.2 percent to 32.3 percent, as it went into halftime with a 46-24 lead.
The Warhawks gained some ground on their deficit after intermission by shooting 56 percent from the field in the second stanza, but the Hilltoppers' advantage was never in question.
WKU was red-hot from 3-point range, connecting on 11-of-22 from beyond the arc.
Final Score: Louisiana 74, North Texas 55
Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - Elfrid Payton tallied 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns made easy work of the North Texas Mean Green, 74-55, in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Convention Center Court.
Payton also added two blocks and two steals for Louisiana (13-19), which will take on No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Bryant Mbamalu and Alan-Michael Thompson netted 16 points apiece for the eighth- seeded Cajuns, while Shawn Long notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
For ninth-seeded North Texas (12-20), Jordan Williams scored 19 points, Roger Franklin had 13 points and Tony Mitchell registered 10 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.
Although Louisiana was outshot from the field in the first half by North Texas, 47.8 percent to 36.8 percent, it still took a 33-29 lead into intermission by attempting 15 more field goals in the opening 20 minutes.
The Cajuns cruised in the second half by improving their field goal efficiency to 50 percent.
Louisiana gained extra possessions by outrebounding North Texas (41-39) and winning the turnover battle (14-7).
03/08 22:49:45 ET