Txarlingtn 41 44 85
Ullafayete 46 45 91
Date of game: 3/14/2014

Recap: Louisiana vs. Texas-Arlington

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Xavian Rimmer scored 24 points to help lead his Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns to a 91-85 quarterfinals victory in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament over the Texas-Arlington Mavericks at the New Orleans Lakefront Arena.

Bryant Mbamalu netted 20 points with eight rebounds, and Shawn Long tallied a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds with five blocked shots for third-seeded Louisiana (21-11), which will advance to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinals to take on second-seeded Western Kentucky Saturday.

Jamel Outler led all scorers in the contest with 26 points for UT Arlington (15-17). Reger Dowell contributed 25 points in the loss with six assists, and Brandon Edwards added 22 points with a team-high 11 rebounds for the double- double.

Both teams came out shooting extremely well in the first half. Louisiana netted 54.8 percent of its shot attempts in the frame, including 8-of-14 from 3-point range, to take a 46-41 lead into the intermission. UT Arlington hit 52 percent of its field goal tries, including 5-of-11 from deep.

The Cajuns dipped down to 39.4 percent shooting in the second half, but went 15-of-21 from the free-throw line. The Mavericks fell to 41.2 percent shooting in the period, hitting 6-of-11 from deep, but made five fewer free throws than Louisiana, hitting 10-of-12 from the line. UT Arlington fell behind by an additional point in the half en route to the defeat.

Louisiana had a 10-4 advantage in second chance points, and outrebounded UT Arlington in the contest, 43-34. The Mavericks won the battle in bench scoring 35-15.

Game Notes

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Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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