Russell carries Louisiana-Lafayette past UALR 77-72

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Cedric Russell had a career-high 34 points as Louisiana-Lafayette edged past Arkansas-Little Rock 77-72 on Thursday night.

Russell shot 9 for 11 from the foul line.

P.J. Hardy had 15 points for Louisiana-Lafayette (18-12, 9-8 Sun Belt Conference). Marcus Stroman added eight assists.

Nikola Maric had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans (10-20, 5-12), whose losing streak reached five games. Rayjon Tucker added 19 points and eight rebounds. Kris Bankston had 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Ragin’ Cajuns improve to 2-0 against the Trojans on the season. Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 75-61 on Jan. 5. Louisiana-Lafayette finishes out the regular season against Arkansas State on the road on Saturday. Arkansas-Little Rock finishes out the regular season against Louisiana-Monroe at home on Saturday.

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