Louisiana-Lafayette 58, FAU 57
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP)
Payton finished with 14 points and Alan-Michael Thompson added 13 for Louisiana-Lafayette (10-17, 6-10).
Tied at 50-all, Jordan McCoy made a layup and George Gantt made a 3-pointer to put Louisiana-Lafayette ahead 55-50 with 4:25 remaining.
After Payton's layup cut the deficit to three, Gantt made a jumper to push the lead back to five, 57-52.
After Bryant Mbamalu and Payton converted the four free throws with 34 seconds left to make it a one-point game, 57-56, Payton made a layup with 6 seconds to go put the Ragin' Cajuns on top 58-57. Payton then stole the ball with a second left to seal the victory.
Gantt had 18 points, and McCoy added 17 rebounds for the Panthers (12-16, 7-10).