Saturday afternoon brought the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns to Atlanta as they faced off against the Georgia State University Panthers. Coming into the game, the Panthers won the first three games of their five game home-stand. However, the Rajin’ Cajuns soundly defeated the Panthers 87-54; while deflating the happy and jovial mood at the Georgia State University Sports Arena.
“We got our butts beat, in every single way possible,” said Georgia State Head Coach Ron Hunter. “We’re better than that and we got to be better.”
Shawn Long, transferred in from Mississippi State and his size impacted the game in the paint. He poured in 23 points and 18 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. The Panthers had no answers for the 6’11”, 246 pound senior from Morgan City, Louisiana. Louisiana-Lafayette out-rebounded Georgia State _______. Guard Kasey Shepherd had 19 points in 25 minutes while converting 5/11 of his three-point attempts. Hayward Register rounded out the Rajin’ Cajuns that notched double-figures on the afternoon with 15 points.
“They came ready to play today,” said Hunter. “We weren’t physically and mentally tough, something we’ve been all year and if the game isn’t played at our pace, we can’t win. We decided to play at their pace and that’s when we got into trouble.”
The second half proved fatal for the Panthers. Louisiana-Lafayette shot 64.3% from the field and made 50% of their three-point attempts. Georgia State came into the game giving up less than 60 points per game.
“Unfortunately, we have to turn around and play Tuesday,” Hunter said. “We are 11-4 (overall) and 4-2 (in Sun Belt Conference play). It’s not a lot of time to fix anything.”
Senior guard Kevin Ware had 19 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Forward Jeremy Hollowell had 14 points in 31 minutes of action for the Panthers. The Panthers conclude their five game home-stand Tuesday night against the Georgia Southern Eagles at 7:30pm.