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Louisiana races past Little Rock 77-63; women blow out Cajuns 78-43 in Sun Belt openers

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JaKeenan Gant and Bryce Washington notched double-doubles and Louisiana opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 77-63 victory over Little Rock on Friday night.

Gant had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Washington scored 15 with 19 boards for the Ragin' Cajuns (11-3). The duo helped Louisiana win the rebound battle 45-26. Frank Bartley IV added 16 points for the Cajuns, who are 9-1 in their last 10 games.

Anthony Black scored 14 and Andre Jones added 13 points to pace the Trojans (3-11), who lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Malik Marquetti scored the final five points in an 18-2 game-opening run for Louisiana. The Ragin' Cajuns pushed the lead to 42-24 by halftime. The Trojans cut the lead to 42-30 early in the second half, but Washington's 3-point play capped a 13-4 run and Louisiana stayed comfortably ahead from there.

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Little Rock women's basketball led for all but 22 seconds as it cruised to a 78-43 victory in its Sun Belt Conference opener against Louisiana on Friday night at the Jack Stephens Center.

The 35-point margin of victory was Little Rock's largest ever in a Sun Belt opener. The Trojans' victory was the 19th consecutive home conference win and improved Little Rock's record to 38-1 in Sun Belt games at the Jack since the 2013-14 season.

Raeyana DeGray posted a career-high 17 points with five rebounds and two assists as she went 7-for-14 from the field. Monique Townson tallied a season-high 17 points with seven assists and a career-high eight rebounds. Ronjanae DeGray came up a basket shy of her career high as she put up 16 points with five rebounds while shooting 7-for-9.

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