Milestones Continue For Ragin' Cajuns In 85-74 Win Over A-State

LAFAYETTE – Another game. More team and individual milestones for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball team.
Frank Bartley scored a team-high 18 points while becoming the 47th player in Ragin' Cajuns history to reach the 1,000-point mark and Sun Belt Conference champion Louisiana won its sixth straight game and school-record 26th of the season in claiming an 85-74 win over Arkansas State in an SBC contest on Thursday at the Cajundome.
Bryce Washington added 15 points and seven rebounds with JaKeenan Gant adding 12 points as Louisiana (26-4, 16-1 SBC) surpassed the previous single-season of 25 victories set twice under legendary coach Beryl Shipley (1970-71, 1971-72) and under Jessie Evans in 1999-2000.
The Ragin' Cajuns, who won their 17th straight game at home dating back to last season, improved to 14-0 in the Cajundome for the first time in school history while head coach Bob Marlin won its 154th game in his Louisiana career, passing former coach Bobby Paschal for fourth-place on the school's all-time list.
Bartley, who played two seasons at BYU before transferring after the 2014-15 season, scored 11 points in the first half and reached the 1,000-point mark in his Louisiana career at the 4:54 mark of the first half when he completed a 12-2 run with a three-point play. The Baton Rouge native became the ninth player in Ragin' Cajuns history to reach the 1,000-point mark in two years, joining a list of Louisiana players that included Bo Lamar, Andrew Toney, Shawn Long and Kevin Brooks.
Washington, who finished 5-for-11 from the floor, opened a 14-2 run in the second that would give Louisiana its biggest lead of the night, 65-41. The senior scored four points during the spurt, opening the run with a bucket before finishing off a Ragin' Cajuns fastbreak with a dunk for a 60-39 lead at the 16:43 mark.
Marcus Stroman and Johnathan Stove scored eight points each for Louisiana with Stroman dishing out a game-high eight assists. Marquetti added seven points for the Ragin' Cajuns, who finished 29-for-59 (49.2 percent) from the floor, 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) from behind the 3-point line and 17-for-21 (81.0 percent) from the free throw line.
Arkansas State (10-20, 5-12 SBC), which used an 8-0 run to take a 20-17 lead with 10:45 remaining in the first half, was led by Ty Cockfield's 25 points. Tristin Walley added 14 points for the Red Wolves with Rashad Lindsey, Tamas Bruce and Salif Boudie scoring 11 points each.
Louisiana will close out the 2017-18 regular-season on Saturday when it hosts Little Rock at 7 p.m. The Ragin' Cajuns senior class – Bartley, Stove, Washington, Jacob Broussard and Larenz Stalcup – will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.

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