Elfrid Payton had 20 points for the Ragin’ Cajuns (2-4). Shawn Long added 16 points, and Kevin Brown had 14. But Louisiana-Lafayette shot just 11 of 21 from the line, which may have cost it a major upset.
Branden Dawson drives for lay-up:
Branden Dawson throw down alley-oop:
Brandan Kearney hits 3, gives Spartans lead:
FINAL: Keith Appling scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists to lead No. 19 Michigan State to a 63-60 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. Appling’s free throw gave Michigan State (5-1) a 10-point lead with 3:09 to go, but it nearly threw that advantage away. Derrick Nix was 4-of-5 from the floor and chipped in nine points for the Spartans, who shared the ball to the tune of 12 assists on 20 baskets. Michigan State also got double-digit efforts from Brandan Kearney, who scored 10 and Branden Dawson, who scored 12.
HALFTIME: No. 19 Michigan State found itself trailing Louisiana-Lafayette late in the first half, but a 9-2 run allowed the Spartans to take a 33-27 lead into halftime. Trailing 21-15, the Spartans used an 8-0 run to blow past the Ragin’ Cajuns and take a two-point lead. Michigan State’s Keith Appling is putting together a nice game, with seven points and four rebounds. Shawn Long and Elfrid Payton have shouldered the offensive burden for the Ragin’ Cajuns, scoring 24 of the team’s 27 total points.
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