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
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.