Lafayette, La. (Nov. 21, 2016) --- Delaware State gave Louisiana Lafayette all it could handle, but came up on the short end of an 83-82 score at Blackham Coliseum this evening.
The Hornets (1-2) nailed a season-high 13 three-pointers and held the Ragin’ Cajuns without a field goal for the final 5:49 of the game, but late free throw shooting keyed the Lafayette win.
Devin Morgan led four Delaware State players in double figures with a season-high 23 points. Morgan also tied his career-high with five three-point field goals, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one three-pointer to 32.
Haywood was seven-for-11 from the field, two-of-three on three-point attempts and perfect on two free throws in the contest.
Raysor tied his DSU high with four three-pointers (4-7), while Waller has reached double figures in scoring in each of the Hornets’ four games this season.
La.-Lafayette’s Frank Bartley IV led all players with 25 points, while teammate Bryce Washington recorded a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Waller had 10 points in the first half and the Hornets knocked down six three-pointers, but still trailed 42-36 at the break.
Raysor capped off a 6-0 run with a three-ball to pull the Hornets to within 48-47 with 15:26 left to play.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (2-2) led 63-61 before two free throws by Bartley IV ended a 7-0 run that gave the home team a nine-point advantage with 8:33 remaining.
Bartley added two more free throws to give Lafayette a 77-68 lead with 4:53 left on the second half clock.
The Hornets rallied over the next four-and-a-half minutes, and pulled to within 82-79 on a lay-up by Morgan with 10 seconds to go, but Lafayette’s P.J. Hardy hit one of two foul shots with eight ticks remaining give the hosts a two-possession lead.
Morgan closed out the scoring with his fifth three-pointer of the game with one second left.
Delaware State was 29-for-64 from the field (45.3%), including 13-of-25 from three-point territory (52%). The team record for three-pointers in a game is 14, which has occurred on three occasions.
The Ragin’ Cajuns shot 45.6% from the field (26-for-57) and 40.9% on three-point shots (9-22).
Free throws were a big factor in the contest. Lafayette took 35 shots from the line, hitting 22 (62.9%), while DSU attempted 12 free throws, connecting on 11.
Delaware State won the rebound battle 39-37.
The Hornets return to action on Wednesday at Rice University. Game time is 8 p.m. ET in Houston, Tex.