Monday , Nov , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Struggling Vols seek turnaround at UL-Lafayette

Lafayette, LA (Sports Network) – A pair of schools trying to get back into
the win column hook up at the Cajundome tonight, as the Tennessee
Volunteers tangle with the UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in non-conference

The Vols enter the game riding their first losing streak of the season, as
they dropped back-to-back games in the NIT Season Tip-Off to Butler (56-44)
and nationally-ranked North Carolina (101-87) this past week at Madison
Square Garden. The losses were preceded by four straight wins to open the
season by Tennessee, which will be playing its first game on an opponents
homecourt tonight.

As for UL-Lafayette, it has dropped its last three games following a
season-opening win over Ouachita Baptist. The Cajuns were last in action on
Friday, when they dropped a tough 91-89 decision in overtime to Fullerton

Tonight’s game marks the seventh all-time meeting between the two schools,
with the Vols holding a 5-1 series advantage. The schools met last season,
with Tennessee posting an 83-76 triumph in Knoxville.

The Vols are a team that can score a good amount of points on any given night
and they have displayed that by averaging 79.7 ppg this season. Chris Lofton
currently leads the team in scoring with 16.3 ppg and he is shooting 43.2
percent from long distance. JaJuan Smith has provided a nice complement to him
and is turning in 14.7 ppg on the strength of 38.2 percent shooting from
beyond the arc. In the squad’s last game, Lofton and Smith each tallied 18
points, but that wasn’t enough in a 14-point setback to North Carolina.
Tennessee struggled from the field (.384 percent) and at the foul line (16-
of-32) in the loss, although the team did hit on a impressive 15-of-31 shots
from three-point land.

The Cajuns are paced by the duo of David Dees and Ross Mouton and they are the
main contributors to the team’s scoring average of 67.5 ppg. Dees is the most
versatile of the two players and he leads the team in scoring (22.8 ppg) as
well as rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (2.8 apg). Mouton is also averaging a
healthy 20.5 ppg and is grabbing 5.8 rpg and shooting 93.8 percent at the foul
line. In the club’s previous contest, Dees notched a double-double with a
career-high 37 points and Mouton added 27 points of his own, but it still
wasn’t enough in a two-point loss to Fullerton State. The Cajuns did a
tremendous job at the foul line (31-of-41), but the difference in the game
came on the boards, where they were outrebounded 54-38, including 27-14 on the
offensive glass.