After a good first week for the Louisiana basketball team where they beat two in-state opponents at home, the Ragin’ Cajuns split their second week of the 2019-20 season.
Louisiana lost their first game of the season on the road against the TCU Horned Frogs 98-65.
The Ragin’ Cajuns started well in the game, holding a lead for a majority of the first 12 minutes of the game, but a long scoreless drought for the offense that lasted over five minutes gave TCU an opening and they took advantage.
A 19-3 run by the Horned Frogs late in the first half helped TCU open up a 10 point lead at 40-30. By halftime, the lead was extended to 52-38, and Louisiana found themselves in a hole that was too big to dig out of in the second half.
TCU stretched the lead to 20 points early in the second half and even though the teams went back and forth, the Ragin’ Cajuns could not get a big run to get back into the game and suffered their first loss of the season.
Forward Jalen Johnson scored more than 20 points for the third straight game, recording 21 points on 6-10 shooting. Guard Cedric Russell added 18 points on 6-12 shooting including 4-4 from the three point line.
The second game of the week was at home against the Youngstown State Penguins.
The first half of the game was incredibly close with neither team being able to open a lead larger than five points. The two teams spent time trading blows and leads and neither the Ragin’ Cajuns nor the Penguins could pull away on a run.
Louisiana took their first lead of the second half on a 12-3 run completed by a highlight dunk by freshman guard Mylik Wilson.
The two teams stayed close in the second half until a huge 12-2 run by the Ragin’ Cajuns in the final five minutes. It helped them get the first double digit lead of the game in the final minute, and Louisiana pulled out their third win of the season by beating the Penguins 73-61.
The win gave Louisiana a 3-1 record and the Ragin’ Cajuns are now 3-0 at home early in the season.
Freshman forward Kobe Julien had his best game of the season with 23 points on 7-12 shooting. He also recorded seven rebounds, three steals, and a block in 38 minutes of playing time.
Johnson’s early season streak of 20 point games came to an end in the victory, but he still had a very productive day, recording a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Ragin’ Cajuns have one game this week on the road against the 1-3 Wyoming Cowboys.