Nov. 22, 2017
GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS -- The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns used a 14-0 second-half run to erase a eight-point deficit and rode that momentum to an 82-76 victory over Richmond Wednesday evening in capturing third place at the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic.
Frank Bartley scored a season-high 23 points, hitting all nine at the free throw line, and added four assists and six steals for Louisiana, which improved to 5-1 this season. He was one of four Cajuns in double figures in the scoring column, with JaKeenan Gant adding 16, and both Marcus Stroman and Justin Miller contributing 15. Gant shot 6-for-9 from the field and Miller was 6-for-8. Bryce Washington led Louisiana on the glass with 13 rebounds.
Grant Golden topped Richmond with 24 points, going 10-for-14 from the field, and grabbed seven rebounds. De'Monte Buckingham narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Jacob Gilyard added 10 points and five assists.
Richmond's mark slipped to 1-4.
Louisiana caught fire midway in the second half to turn the game around. Trailing 60-52 with 10:23 to play, Gilyard rolled in a layup to ignite a 14-0 run for the Ragin Cajuns, who finished it off with a 66-60 lead with 7:05 remaining.
Richmond answered with a 6-0 run to tie it back up at 66-all, but an identical 6-0 run the other way left
A quick 3-pointer by Nick Sherrod gave Richmond a glimmer of hope, but Louisiana held onto its lead over the final 4:02 by hitting all eight of its free throw tries, four by Bartley and four from Stroman. The Cajuns took it to a 10-point difference at 80-70 with 26 seconds left before the final six-point margin.
Louisiana had the early advantage after Stroman opened the game burying a 3-pointer just 17 seconds after the tipoff, and the Ragin' Cajuns stayed on top for nearly eight minutes.
A dunk by Khwan Fore with 12:16 to play pushed Richmond ahead, 11-9, and the Spiders kept the advantage for all but 13 seconds the balance of the half. An 8-2 run pushed the lead to eight, the largest margin of the opening half before Richmond settled for a four-point halftime lead, 34-30.
Louisiana finished off the night hitting 50.9 percent from the field (27-for-53) while Richmond was an even 50 percent (31-for-62). The pace of the game led to a combined 41 turnovers, 21 by Richmond and 20 from Louisiana.
That quick pace actually favored the Spiders, who held a 19-8 edge in points in transition.
ON TO 700: Combined, head coaches Bob Marlin (Louisiana) and Chris Mooney (Richmond) came into the game with exactly 600 career Division I victories. Marlin had 356 and Mooney had 244.