Ragin Cajuns Win 10 Straight
Congratulations to the UL Ragin Cajun Basketball team on winning 10 Straight! Over 8,000 Cajun fans packed the Cajundome last night and cheered the Cajuns onto victory. The Cajuns will be playing their final game Saturday in Monroe against ULM. You can catch the action right here on Hot 1079 with pregame beginning at 5:30 and tipoff at 6pm. Go Cajuns!!
In front of a season-high 8,066 fans on Senior Night, La’Ryan Gary scored a career-high 22 points as the Ragin’ Cajuns captured a 58-52 overtime win against Denver at the Cajundome on Thursday night.
The win was the 10th straight for the Cajuns (13-14, 10-5 Sun Belt) and is currently tied for the second longest streak in the nation. The win also keeps UL atop the West Division, tied with Arkansas State. Denver (13-15, 9-6 SBC), who entered the game tied for first with UL and ASU, now sits in third place.
On his final night in the ‘Dome, Gary led UL on 5-for-9 shooting and went 12-of-15 from the charity stripe. He also posted a career-high five blocks to go along with three rebounds and two steals.
The squads two other seniors, Randell Daigle and Travis Bureau had six points and five points, respectively. Bureau pulled down a team-high six boards. While they didn’t light it up from floor, both made huge momentum plays late in the game to turn the tide.
The Cajuns had trouble finding their shooting stroke early on, missing on their first three attempts. J.J. Thomas’ three-pointer at 13:31 marked UL’s first field goal of the night but still managed to hold an 8-6 lead.
The Cajuns then began to heat up. Another trey, this time from Travis Bureau, capped off a 7-2 run that put UL ahead, 15-8, with 9:10 left in the half.
The scoring slowed back down for the Cajuns and the Pioneers took advantage. DU eventually chipped away at the score, drawing to with four points, 18-14, just under the four-minute mark.
A 7-2 run from Denver gave the visitors’ their first lead since 13:40. With 1:44 left in the half, the Pioneers led 21-20. The visitors held on to the lead heading into the break, 24-22.
Denver carried the lead until a lay-up from Gary knotted the score, 28-28, with 16:12 left on the clock.
The score went back and forth over the next four minutes, holding even at 38-38. But two quick turnovers by the Cajuns on their next trips down the floor, quickly turned into four points for the Pioneers.
The Cajuns closed to within two, 42-44, by the 7:36 mark. But with out a field goal for over six minutes, DU built up a 48-43 advantage by the four-minute mark.
But over the next minute, UL knocked down a basket and connected on three straight free throws to bring it back all-square, 48-48, with 3:00 showing on the clock.
The score held firm for nearly two minutes as both teams forced the other into turnovers.
Denver broke the stalemate on a pair of free throws with 1:00 minute remaining
With 25.7 seconds remaining, Gary connected on a pair of free throws of his own to retie the game back at 50-50.
Denver had a chance for the last shot with 17.1 o