LAFAYETTE, La. -- Elfrid Payton scored 23 points, hitting 9 of 9 free throws, as Louisiana-Lafayette held off Troy 76-66 Thursday night.
The Ragin' Cajuns split the season series, denying Trojans coach Don Maestri his 500th career win for the second straight game. Troy won 71-52 on Feb. 2.
The Ragin' Cajuns led 18-5 en route to a 34-26 halftime advantage. The Trojans tied it at 59 on Deonata Jethroe's layup with 5:03 left, but Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then Louisiana-Lafayette made 11 of 12 free throws to seal it.
The Ragin' Cajuns made 23 of 28 foul shots compared to Troy's 11 of 18.
Jethroe scored 20 points to lead the Trojans (11-17, 6-11) who have lost four of their last five.
The ACC, in partnership with ESPN, is expected to launch its own conference network by August 2019, according to sources.
Kobe Paras has signed with Creighton and will have four years of eligibility with the Bluejays after withdrawing from UCLA when he failed to meet academic conditions.
The Division I men's basketball committee that oversees NCAA tournament seeding announced that the top overall seed will get to choose where it wants to play from among eight assigned cities.