Lousiana Rides Hot-Shooting Second Half to 91-79 Win Over Dukes
Dec. 22, 2012
LAFAYETTE, LA. - Bryant Mbamalu scored all 22 of his points in the second half to lead Louisiana (5-8) to a 91-79 win over Duquesne (7-6) at the Cajundome.
The Ragin Cajuns shot 71.4 percent in the second half in erasing a 38-33 Duquesne halftime lead.
Six-nine, 243-pound Shawn Long had 23 points and 14 rebounds for UL.
There were seven ties and five lead changes before Kadeem Pantophlet, who finished with a career high eight rebounds, converted a three-point play and Johnson followed with a 3-pointer in the final 1:14 to give Duquesne a 38-33 lead at the half.
Mbamalu, who missed his only two field goal attempts in the first half, scored 18 in the first 11:36 minutes of the second to give Louisiana a 69-59 lead. He hit his third 3-pointer to make it 66-58 with nine minutes left and his fourth made it a 10-point game 30 seconds later.
The Dukes cut it to seven before Long hit one of his career high-tying three 3-pointers to push the lead back to 10. DU got no closer than eight as the UL lead reached as high as 16 in the final two minutes.
Mbamalu was 7-of-8 from the field in the second half.
Louisiana, which finished at 55.7 percent for the game, outscored Duquesne 58-41 in the second half. Duquesne shot 47.4 percent including 11-of-23 from the 3-point arc.
UL outrebounded the Dukes 33-26 and outscored DU 40-30 in the paint.
Duquesne breaks for Christmas before returning to action to complete the non-conference portion of the schedule at Penn State on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 4:00 (ET). The PSU game will air on ESPN3 (accessible on the WatchESPN platform).
The win dropped Duquesne's road record to 1-4 ... this was DU's first game in the state of Louisiana in program history.
Derrick Colter went 8-of-12 from the field in scoring a career-high 25 points for the second consecutive game (he had 25 on Wednesday night against Western Michigan ... Colter went 3-of-4 from the 3-point arc.
With his 16 points, Sean Johnson passed former teammate Eric Evans (1,055 from 2009-12) to move into the No. 32 spot on DU's all-time scoring list with 1,068 points ... next on the list for Johnson is No. 31 Jim Tucker (1,091 from 1952-54).
Kadeem Pantophlet finished with a career-high eight rebounds ... Pantophlet, who had five boards in the first 4:27, had seven at the half ... his previous career best was seven, done three times this season (last vs. New Orleans on Dec. 8).
The Dukes will be on the road for their next two games: Dec. 29 at Penn State (ESPN3) and Jan. 9 at Fordham in the Atlantic 10 opener (YES Network) ... Duquesne's next home game is Saturday, Jan. 12 vs. Saint Joseph's.