Louisiana-Monroe 76, Louisiana-Lafayette 75

Tony Hooper scored 30 points, including the game-winning

3-pointer, to boost Louisiana-Monroe to a 76-75 win over

Louisiana-Lafayette in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference

tournament on Saturday night.

The win advances the 10th-seeded Warhawks (11-18), who will play

North Texas, the No. 2 seed, on Sunday.

The game-winning shot, Hooper’s seventh 3-pointer of the night,

came with just one second left and only moments after Lamar

Roberson hit a jumper to give the Ragin’ Cajuns (13-16) the

two-point lead at 75-73.

Tommie Sykes finished with 16 points for the Warhawks and Rudy

Turner added nine points and 10 rebounds.

Travis Bureau led the Ragin’ Cajuns with 22 points, while Tyren

Johnson added 17 and Roberson and Randell Daigle each pitched in

with 10.