Recap: Western Ky vs. Louisiana

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Elfrid Payton scored 23 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds as Louisiana edged Western Kentucky 73-72 in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Bryant Mbamalu also scored 23 points for the Ragin' Cajuns (22-11), who will face top-seeded Georgia State in the Sun Belt final on Sunday.

George Fant and T.J. Price finished with 16 points apiece and Brandon Harris scored 11 for the Hilltoppers (20-12).

Louisiana led 67-59 with just under 4 1/2 minutes left, but a 13-2 run had WKU on top 72-69 with just over two minutes remaining.

Payton buried a jumper at the 1:49 mark and made the go-ahead layup 33 seconds later. The Hilltoppers were held scoreless the rest of the way.

The Ragin' Cajuns led 42-37 at the break.

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