- Associated Press - Monday, November 19, 2018

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) - JaKeenan Gant hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and Malik Marquetti scored 16, including four 3s, to help Louisiana-Lafayette beat Colorado State 91-73 on Monday night in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Justin Miller added 13 points and nine rebounds for ULL (2-2), which will play in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Gant hit two 3s to make it 6-0 less than two minutes in and the Ragin’ Cajuns never trailed. Miller made a layup to spark a 19-4 run that made it 25-9 when he hit two free throws midway through the first half. Colorado State (3-1) answered with a 10-0 run that cut its deficit to six but got no closer as ULL scored nine of the next 10 points and led by double figures the rest of the way.

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Freshman Adam Thistlewood led the Rams with a season-high 17 points. Lorenzo Jenkins also scored 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds - both career highs.

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