North Texas 65, Louisiana-Lafayette 62

Brandan Walton scored 16 points, including the tie-breaking

3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left, and North Texas beat

Louisiana-Lafayette 65-62 in the Sun Belt tournament quarterfinals

Sunday night.

Alzee Williams scored 14 and Roger Franklin and Jacob Holmen

scored 10 points apiece for the Mean Green. Freshman Tony Mitchell

had 11 rebounds and tied his season high with six blocks for North

Texas (17-13) at Hot Springs’ Convention Center Court.

In Monday’s semifinals, the fifth-seeded Mean Green will face

No. 9 seed Arkansas State, upset winners over regular-season Sun

Belt champion Middle Tennessee State on Sunday.

Josh Brown led the fourth-seeded Ragin’ Cajuns (16-15) with 14

points. Elfrid Payton had 13 points, nine assists and eight

rebounds, Bryant Mbamalu scored 11 and Darshawn McClellan had 10

points for Louisiana-Lafayette.

Neither team led by more than five points and there were 20 lead

changes, 12 in the second half.