Scores

Final

North Texas 55

(12-20, 7-13 Sun Belt)

LA-Lafayette 74

(13-19, 8-12 Sun Belt)

7:30 PM ET, March 8, 2013

Summit Arena - Convention Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas

1 2 T
UNT 29 2655
ULL 33 4174

Top Performers

North Texas: T. Mitchell 10 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

Louisiana-Lafayette: E. Payton 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Louisiana-Lafayette 74, North Texas 55

Associated Press

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Elfrid Payton scored 20 points, leading four Louisiana-Lafayette players in double figures, and the Ragin' Cajuns pulled away in the second half for a 74-55 victory over North Texas Friday night in the opening round of the Sun Belt tournament.

Bryant Mbamalu scored 16 points -- 14 in the second half -- and Alan-Michael Thompson also scored 16. Shawn Long had 12 points and 11 rebounds for ULL (13-19), the tournament's No. 8 seed. The Ragin' Cajuns will play Sun Belt regular-season champion Middle Tennessee on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Louisiana-Lafayette led 33-29 at halftime, then outscored North Texas 13-3 after the break and stayed in control after that.

Jordan Williams led the Mean Green (12-20) with 19 points. Roger Franklin scored 13 and Tony Mitchell had 10 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Louisiana-Lafayette also won both regular-season meetings.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNT
ULL
Points 55 74
FG Made-Attempted 19-51 (.373) 29-68 (.426)
3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 7-23 (.304)
FT Made-Attempted 12-24 (.500) 9-11 (.818)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 20

2012-13 Season

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Dec 1, 2012 ULL 80, @UNT 76Recap
Jan 31, 2013 @ULL 105, UNT 74Recap
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