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NCAA Game Summary - South Alabama at Louisiana

1:07 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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Lafayette, LA (Sports Network) - A dunk by Mychal Ammons with 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime proved to be the difference as the South Alabama Jaguars held on to defeat the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, 91-89, in a Sun Belt Conference thriller at the Cajundome

Ammons came off the bench to register a double-double for the Jaguars (8-7, 5-2 SBC) with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the team won for the second time in three outings. Augustine Rubit led the way on offense with 26 points, adding nine rebounds and three blocked shots, while Dre Conner and Antoine Allen both produced 19 points, the latter accounting for nine rebounds. Freddie Goldstein tacked on 11 points for the visitors.

Louisiana (6-12, 2-5) was paced by Elfrid Payton with 26 points, seven assists and three steals, but still the team bowed for the fourth time in five tries. Bryant Mbamalu contributed 19 points, Shawn Long 14 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, while Steven Wronkoski added 12 points.

USA opened the meeting on a 9-3 run and thanks to a 51.9 percent shooting effort from the floor in the period, the team led at the break by a 40-30 score.

In the second half Louisiana turned it around with a sensational 61.5 percent shooting effort, providing the hosts with a six-point advantage in the period, but Elfrid had a chance to give the Ragin' Cajuns the win with a pair of free throws late, but be missed the first which resulted in the game going into overtime knotted at 74-74.

In the first extra session neither team was able to get ahead by more than just two points, with a layup by Allen at the 45 second mark again locking the score at 82-82, requiring another five-minute period where Ammons eventually hit the game winner.

In a game that featured eight ties and just as many lead changes, the Ragin' Cajuns cost themselves a shot at the win due to 24 turnovers.


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