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Ragin' Cajuns Basketball: Louisiana's Russell Named Sun Belt Men's Basketball Player of the Week

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Senior guard, Cedric Russell, helped propel Louisiana into first place in SBC West Division

Posted: Feb 1, 2021 11:08 AM
Updated: Feb 1, 2021 11:14 AM

NEW ORLEANS – After helping lead the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s Basketball team to its fifth straight win with a pair of one-possession victories on the road, senior guard Cedric Russell was named on Monday as the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week in a release by the league office.

Russell, a senior guard, averaged 22.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in last weekend’s two-game series at Texas State, beginning on Friday with a 21-point performance with three 3-pointers in a 62-60 win.

He capped off the week with his seventh 20-point game of the season, scoring 24 points with a season-high six 3-pointers in a 74-73 thriller on Saturday that catapulted Louisiana into the SBC West Division lead.

Russell went 9-for-17 from the floor and 6-for-9 from long range in Saturday's finale as the Ragin' Cajuns marked their first three-game win streak in game decided by one possession since defeating then-UT Pan American, New Orleans and ULM in the 1983-84 season

The Alexandria, La., native moved into 29th place on the school's all-time scoring list in Friday's game as he passed Anthony Johnson (1,224) and Peyton Townsend (1,240). Russell, who is third in school history with 238 career 3-pointers, is averaging 17.9 points per game for Louisiana to rank third in the Sun Belt Conference.

Louisiana will return to action beginning Friday when it travels to Jonesboro, Ark., to face Arkansas State at First National Bank Arena. The series opener will tip off at 6 p.m. on Friday with the finale set for Saturday at 4 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on ESPN+ and broadcast in the Lafayette area on KPEL 96.5 FM.

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