LAFAYETTE, La. -- Jakeenan Gant and Bryce Washington led a balanced attack with double-doubles and Louisiana renewed an old rivalry on Tuesday night, defeating Southeastern Louisiana 82-74.
Gant had 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and Washington scored 12 with 11 boards as six players scored in double figures for the Ragin' Cajuns (10-2), who are off to their best start since opening 11-2 in 1993-94.
Marlain Veal had 23 points for the Lions (6-6).
The last time the in-state foes met was in 1984, their only meeting since 1972 in a series that dates back to 1947. Louisiana leads 32-20.
The Lions made five straight baskets, taking a 27-14 lead on Eddy Polanco's layup 8:22 before the half. Starting with four free throws from Frank Bartley, Louisiana scored the next 17 with Washington accounting for eight, including the last six, and led 31-29 at the half.
An 8-2 run gave the Lions a 39-38 lead but Gant had a 3 and a dunk in a 9-0 run and the Ragin' Cajuns stayed ahead by shooting 55 percent from the floor and making 13 of 18 free throws.
An attorney for Adidas executive James Gatto said Gatto approved a $20K payment to the guardian of Kansas player Silvio De Sousa only after coach Bill Self requested it.
Several elite prospects are moving forward on the recruiting trail, including No. 3 Vernon Carey Jr.
The G League will offer $125,000 Select Contracts to elite prospects who aren't yet eligible for the NBA but do not want to go the one-and-done route in college.
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