LAFAYETTE, La. -- Shawn Long scored a career-high 29 points including 24 in the second half when Louisiana-Lafayette left McNeese State behind in a 92-66 victory on Tuesday night.
Long, a sophomore, also had 15 rebounds to record his 20th career double-double for Louisiana, which is 2-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.Elfrid Payton had his 12th game of 20 points or better with 22 for the Rajin' Cajuns (2-0). Elridge Moore had a career-high 16.Louisiana led the Cowboys (0-2) by just three, 41-38, at the half before Long led the second-half deluge. Louisiana scored 22 points off turnovers for the game.Louisiana was 35 of 68 from the field for 51.5 percent. McNeese State shot just 33.3 percent (23 of 69).Adrian Fields scored 19 points and Ledrick Eackles 15 for McNeese State while Kevin Hardy had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Shawn Long of Louisiana-Lafayette had 29 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks in the Ragin' Cajuns' win over McNeese State. He is the first player this season to have that stat line, and it happened just three times last season.