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Dukes fall apart in second half in 91-79 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette

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Duquesne led by 5 at the half but Shawn Long and Bryant Mbamalu rallied Louisiana-Lafayette past the Dukes 91-79 in Louisiana Saturday night. Derrick Colter had 25 for DU.

Bryant Mbamalu scored all 22 of his points in the second half to lead Louisiana (5-8) to a 91-79 win over Duquesne (7-6) at the Cajundome.

The Ragin Cajuns shot 71.4 percent in the second half in erasing a 38-33 Duquesne halftime lead.

Derrick Colter led the Dukes with 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Sean Johnson added 16 points for the Dukes who dropped to 1-4 on the road.
 
Six-nine, 243-pound Shawn Long had 23 points and 14 rebounds for UL.

There were seven ties and five lead changes before Kadeem Pantophlet, who finished with a career high eight rebounds, converted a three-point play and Johnson followed with a 3-pointer in the final 1:14 to give Duquesne a 38-33 lead at the half.

Mbamalu, who missed his only two field goal attempts in the first half, scored 18 in the first 11:36 minutes of the second to give Louisiana a 69-59 lead. He hit his third 3-pointer to make it 66-58 with nine minutes left and his fourth made it a 10-point game 30 seconds later.

The Dukes cut it to seven before Long hit one of his career high-tying three 3-pointers to push the lead back to 10. DU got no closer than eight as the UL lead reached as high as 16 in the final two minutes.

Mbamalu was 7-of-8 from the field in the second half.

Louisiana, which finished at 55.7 percent for the game, outscored Duquesne 58-41 in the second half. Duquesne shot 47.4 percent including 11-of-23 from the 3-point arc.

UL outrebounded the Dukes 33-26 and outscored DU 40-30 in the paint.

Duquesne breaks for Christmas before returning to action to complete the non-conference portion of the schedule at Penn State on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 4:00 (ET). The PSU game will air on ESPN3 (accessible on the WatchESPN platform).

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