Nov 5, 2013 12:02 AM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - Shawn Long scored 22 points to lead three players in double figures as Louisiana scored the first 12 points of the game and never looked back in defeating William Carey, 75-60, in an exhibition game on Monday at the Cajundome.
Kevin Brown and Kasey Shepherd added 10 points each for Louisiana while Elfrid Payton added nine points and five rebounds. Steven Wronkowski added seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Ragin' Cajuns shot 53 percent from the floor (32-for-60) and outscored William Carey, 48-26, in the paint.
"We did some good things out there tonight, but we have a lot of work to go," Louisiana head coach Bob Marlin said. "It was one of our goals to defend them at the 3-point line, which we did, but we gave them 37 free throws and were outscored by 19 at the line.
"I don't think we played as well as we have been practicing lately. We didn't run the floor very well and were out-rebounded by two. Still, despite all of that, we shot better than 50 percent from the field and won the game by 15 so I guess we reached our goals.
The Ragin' Cajuns opened the game with back-to-back 3-pointers by Wronkowski and Brown before buckets by Long, Elridge Moore and Brown gave Louisiana a 12-0 lead at the 16:41 mark of the first half.
A pair of free throws by Payton gave Louisiana a 19-4 lead with 15:13 remaining in the first half before William Carey, ranked No. 10 nationally in the preseason NAIA rankings, chipped away at the lead.
The Crusaders twice cut the lead to eight points in the first half - the last coming on a layup by Donzedrick Smith with 2:41 remaining before the break - but a jumpers by Long and Payton pushed the lead back up to double digits and the Ragin' Cajuns took a 39-25 lead at halftime on a 3-pointer by Luka Kamber just before the buzzer.
The Ragin' Cajuns upped their lead to 55-34 on a putback by Vieux Kande with 13:28 remaining in the game and never let William Carey get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Kelvin Nixon led William Carey with 15 points with Jeremiah Jennings and Demarcus Lewis adding 12. Lewis grabbed eight rebounds as the Crusaders held a 38-36 advantage on the glass. Louisiana held WCU to 18-for-53 (34 percent) from the floor and 1-for-7 from behind the 3-point line.
Louisiana will officially open its 2013-14 campaign on Saturday when it plays host to Louisiana College in a 2 p.m. contest at the Cajundome. Season tickets are available by calling the Ragin' Cajuns Ticket Office at (337) 265-2357.