LAFAYETTE, La. – A slow start by the Nicholls State University men’s basketball team resulted in a 9-0 lead for Louisiana-Lafayette and the Colonels were never able to climb back as they fell, 101-69, Thursday night at the Cajundome.
Nicholls (4-4) shot 44 percent from the field, but struggled from long range, making just 3-of-18. The Colonels entered the matchup averaging 10.1 3-pointers made per game.
The offensive woes started early as Nicholls did not make its first basket until nearlyfour minutes into the game. Louisiana-Lafayette (5-2) connected on 61 percent from field before the break to take a 48-35 lead into the locker room. In the second half, the Ragin’ Cajuns never let the deficit shrink to single digits as they cruised to 32-point victory
DeAndre Harris led the Colonels on offense, scoring 21 points off the bench. Ja’Dante’ Frye accounted for 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Johnathan Bell added 10 points. Nicholls also had a solid game at the free throw line, making 18-of-25 (72 percent).
A big factor in the win for the Ragin’ Cajuns was its opportunistic defense. ULL forced Nicholls into a season-high 22 turnovers, resulting in 41 points. ULL also dominated inside, outscoring the Colonels, 58-36, in the paint.
Six players scored in double figures for ULL, led by 19 from Frank Bartley. The Ragin’ Cajuns shot 59 percent from the field and connected on seven 3-pointers.
Liam Thomas led Nicholls with six rebounds and added six points, four blocks and three assists.
Nicholls will return to action next Thursday (Dec. 8) at Florida State. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 8 p.m. central and will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.