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Sun Belt Tournament - Recap - Louisiana-Lafayette Defeats North Texas 74-55

Louisiana-Lafayette got 20 points from Elfrid Payton en route to a 74-55 victory over North Texas on Friday at Summit Arena.

Louisiana-Lafayette won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 3.5-point spread as underdogs.

Louisiana-Lafayette got 16 points from Bryant Mbamalu and another 16 points from Alan-Michael Thompson. Elfrid Payton contributed 7 assists, while Shawn Long cleaned the glass with 11 rebounds.

North Texas got 19 points from Jordan Williams in a losing cause and another 13 points from Roger Franklin. P.J. Hardwick contributed 5 assists for them, while Tony Mitchell had 12 rebounds.

Louisiana-Lafayette led at halftime, 33-29.

The rebound battle favored Louisiana-Lafayette as they grabbed 41 boards, while North Texas only had 39.