Trojans Stay Tied In SBC East After Win Over Louisiana-Lafayette

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Brandon Hazzard scored 19 points, Kenny Ware added 18 and Troy never trailed in an 81-67 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday night.

The Trojans (18-11, 13-4 Sun Belt Conference), coming off an 87-86 loss to Florida International on Feb. 19 that snapped their 10-game winning streak, avenged an 83-81 loss to the Ragin' Cajuns on Jan. 10.

Troy shot a sizzling 69.2 percent in the first half (18 of 26) to lead 49-27 at halftime. That proved to be enough of a cushion when the Trojans shot only 36.4 percent after the break (8 of 22).

Despite 29 points from Chris Gradnigo -- who was 8-for-14 from the field and 12 of 13 from the free-throw line -- the Ragin' Cajuns (10-18, 7-10) shot 37.9 percent for the game (22 of 58) and 4-for-24 from 3-point range.

Michael Vogler added 12 points for Troy and Tom Jervis had 11 and nine rebounds.


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