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Sun Belt Conference Tournament - Louisiana-Lafayette Defeats Western Kentucky 73-72 - Recap

Louisiana-Lafayette grabbed a 73-72 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday, behind a 23-point effort from Elfrid Payton at Lakefront Arena.

Louisiana-Lafayette earned a straight-up victory but suffered an ATS defeat in failing to cover the 3.5-point spread.

Louisiana-Lafayette got 23 points from Bryant Mbamalu and another 9 points from Shawn Long. Elfrid Payton contributed 9 assists, while Elfrid Payton cleaned the glass with 7 rebounds.

Western Kentucky got 16 points from George Fant in a losing cause and another 16 points from T.J. Price. Trency Jackson contributed 4 assists for them, while O'Karo Akamune had 8 rebounds.

Louisiana-Lafayette led at halftime, 42-37.

Louisiana-Lafayette won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 33-27.