Posted: Aug 13, 2013 10:46 PM by UL Sports Information
ALBACETE, Spain - The Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball team won their first game in their trip to Spain, defeating Albacete, a semi-professional team, 93-71 on Tuesday evening. The Cajuns used a strong second half to pull away and breeze to a 22-point victory and open the tour 1-0.
The Cajuns fell into foul trouble in the first quarter, getting five fouls early in the game, putting Albacete into the bonus. In international basketball, a team is only allowed five fouls a quarter, before sending their opponent to the line. Those fouls wash every quarter.
Albacete held on for the first quarter before getting into their own foul trouble in the second quarter, allowing the Cajuns to take a lead 53-38 lead going into the locker rooms at half time.
The Cajuns spread the ball around in the first half, with senior Bryant Mbamalu leading the pack with 13 points.
Albacete came out of the half with a bit of a spark, opening with a 9-4 run, cutting the Cajuns lead to 57-47. Louisiana responded right away with the best run for either side in the game, scoring 16 of the next 21 points, six of those coming from senior Elridge Moore to give the Cajuns a 73-52 lead.
Moore finished the game with 14 points, including a monster dunk in the first half, and eight rebounds.
The Cajuns added 20 more points in the fourth quarter with six coming from sophomore Steven Wronkoski, to finish the game off in a convincing 93-71 fashion.
Junior Elfrid Payton led the way for the Cajuns, posting the teams lone double-double, scoring 16 points with a team-high 11 assists and seven steals. Mbamalu added four more points in the second half to lead the team with 17 points.
Joining Mbamalu, Payton, and Moore with double-digit points was Wronkoski with 11 and junior Kevin Brown with 13.
Wronkoski also added nine rebounds, tying fellow sophomore Shawn Long for the team lead in that category. Moore was one behind them with eight rebounds.
The Cajuns will play their second game of the trip, and final game in Albacete tomorrow afternoon. They will then travel to Madrid, Spain for the final leg of their tour and two more games.