Cajuns Fall to South Alabama, 60-57
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball team lost another game Thursday night, falling to pre-season league favorite South Alabama, 60-57.
They also lost another player to injury.
Louisiana point guard Trajan Wesley crashed to the floor early in the second half, silencing the crowd of 3,252 at the Cajundome. He was tended to by support staff and doctors in attendance, along with paramedics from Acadian Ambulance. After a delay of nearly eight minutes, he was immobilized with an apparent neck injury and transported to the hospital.
"Obviously, we are praying for him," head coach Bob Marlin said. "Naturally, he was scared. But he was able to move his extremities and that's good news. Hopefully it won't be anything too serious."
He is the fifth scholarship player to be currently sidelined.
South Alabama (8-6, 1-2 Sun Belt) had increased its lead to eleven points, 42-31, using a 9-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at the time of the injury.
But the Cajuns (5-9, 0-3) continued to battle back and cut the lead to three points on a pair of occasions but could not get the shot to tie the game.
"I'm really proud of our effort," Marlin said. "These guys are playing hard. But we settled for too many threes against their zone."
The Cajuns launched 41 shots from the bonusphere and made a season high 12. Freshman Malik Wilson had a personal best five triples en route to a career high 17 points. Dou Gueye scored 14 points with a pair of made threes and Cedric Russell hit four from beyond the arc and finished with 12 points.
Andre Fox led South Alabama with 14 points and Josh Ajayi had a double double with 13 points and a dozen rebounds. The teams tied in rebounds with 35 each. Gueye led the Cajuns with nine boards, while Wilson chipped in seven.
The game was the first of five games in a ten game period for the Cajuns, who wrap up their four game homestand Saturday night against Troy.
Louisiana will have eight scholarship players available for the game.