Scores

Final

LA-Lafayette 73

(22-11, 11-7 Sun Belt)

W Kentucky 72

(20-12, 12-6 Sun Belt)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    5:30 PM ET, March 15, 2014

    Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana

    1 2 T
    ULL 42 3173
    WKU 37 3572

    Top Performers

    UL Lafayette: E. Payton 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 4 Stl

    Western Kentucky: T. Price 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Louisiana-Lafayette tops Western Kentucky in Sun Belt semis

    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS -- Elfrid Payton scored 23 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:16 left, as third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette beat No. 2 seed Western Kentucky 73-72 Saturday in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

    Payton had a chance to put Louisiana up by three with 11 seconds left, but his runner was short. Western Kentucky's T.J. Price grabbed the rebound and went coast-to-coast but missed the game-winning layup at the buzzer.

    Payton was 11 of 15 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds, had nine assists and four steals for Louisiana (22-11). Bryant Mbamalu also had 23 points.

    George Fant and Price had 16 apiece for Western Kentucky (20-12).

    WKU's press defense forced a turnover leading to Chris Harrison-Docks' third consecutive 3-pointer to give the Hilltoppers a 70-69 with 2:48 left. But WKU made just 2 of 6 free throws down the stretch.

    Louisiana will play top-seeded Georgia State on Sunday in the championship.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ULL
    WKU
    Points 73 72
    FG Made-Attempted 29-55 (.527) 25-47 (.532)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-11 (.273) 7-15 (.467)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-20 (.600) 15-27 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

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