Western Kentucky holds off La.-Lafayette 73-68
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP)—A.J. Slaughter scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures as Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 73-68 on Thursday night.
The Hilltoppers (13-6, 7-1 Sun Belt Conference) dictated the pace, trailing only once early in the first half and sending the Ragin’ Cajuns (6-12, 3-4) to their third consecutive loss.
Despite Louisiana-Lafayette’s late charge, which cut the lead to three with less than 1 minute left, Western Kentucky held on for the victory.
Western Kentucky shot 56 percent in the first half and led 39-32 at halftime.
Jeremy Evans scored 16 points, Orlando Mendez-Valdez had 13 points, Sergio Kerusch added 11 and Steffphon Pettigrew chipped in with 10 points for Western Kentucky.
Chris Gradnigo led Louisiana-Lafayette with 23 points, Ryan McCoy added 17 and La’Ryan Gary added 10 points.