Hardy's 3-pointer with 2:20 left broke an 80-all tie. He made a key steal 27 seconds later that led to Cedric Russell's 3 and the Ragin' Cajuns (12-7, 3-3 Sun Belt) closed it out shooting 4 of 6 from the foul line in the final 51 seconds. Jerekius Davis finished with 17 points and Russell scored 15 with 5 3s.
Louisiana made 12 of 27 (44.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
Trhae Mitchell led South Alabama with a career-high 31 points shooting 13 of 23 from the field with three 3s and 12 rebounds -- one off his career high. Josh Ajayi added 23 points, going 10 of 14 from the foul line, and 12 boards. John Pettway made all five of his shot attempts and scored 14 points and Herb McGee scored 10.
Morant, Murray State take aim at Florida State
Ja Morant lived up to the hype with a memorable first-round performance.
Tillie rises high for huge slam
Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie gets out on the break and throws down the thunderous one-handed dunk over two defenders.
St. Mary's come up short in first round defeat to Villanova
Despite shooting well from behind the arc, St. Mary's fell short in a hard-fought 61-57 defeat against defending NCAA Tournament champion Villanova.