Nov 11, 2012 10:48 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - Bryant Mbamalu and Elridge Moore scored 15 points a piece as the Ragin' Cajuns tipped off the 2012-13 season with a 90-79 win over Oakland on Sunday in the Cajundome.
"That's a pretty good win for us," head coach Bob Marlin said. "Oakland is a team that has been to postseason for four straight years and I am sure that come next March, they will make it five.
"We passed the ball really well today. Oakland had it real congested in the lane so we needed to make the extra pass to find the open man and we did. For us to win this year, we are going to need to do that. We have to pass the ball and be aggressive at both ends of the court.
"I liked the balance in our lineup today. To have four scorers in the 14-15 point range shows our depth and balance. It is a good sign. We even got a spark off the bench by Steven (Wronkoski), who had nine points and didn't miss a shot.
"We weren't very good in transition early in the game and Oakland scored a couple of easy baskets. We got better and adjusted and took that aspect of the game away," Marlin added.
The Cajuns jumped on Oakland right out of the gates as Mbamalu scored a quick layup shortly after tip and Louisiana opened the game on an 8-2 run.
The rest of the first half went back-and-forth as the 2,025 fans in attendance saw over half the shots drop with Louisiana shooting 50 percent from the field and Oakland shooting 54 percent.
With the Cajuns leading the opening five minutes of the game, Oakland never trailed for the remaining of the first half and headed into the locker room holding a 42-37 advantage. Oakland's Duke Mondy led all scorers in the first half of action with 14 points and Shawn Long led the Cajuns with ten.
Louisiana hit a pair of early 3-pointers to take the lead in the opening minutes of the second stanza and did not trail for the remainder of the game, outscoring the Golden Grizzlies 8-3 and taking a 47-45 lead.
The Golden Grizzlies hit a three pointer to come within four points at the 12:19 mark however the Cajuns went on a 7-2 run to command a 66-57 advantage with 9:55 remaining in the contest.
Long and Elfrid Payton chipped in 14 points each as the Cajuns saw four players score in double digits. Louisiana shot 57.6 percent from the field (34-59), including connecting on eight 3-pointers. Mondy led all scorers with 30 points.
Wronkoski hit both of his 3-point attempts in the contest and finished with 9 points. Seven different Cajuns played at least 14 minutes as the game gave head coach Bob Marlin an opportunity to see different players in action.
The Ragin' Cajuns return to action on Friday, Nov. 16, when they travel to Houston, Texas for a 7 p.m. contest against Texas Southern.