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.
Oliver dunks it for TBT game-winner
Devin Oliver flushes the putback dunk giving the Red Scare an 80-78 win in The Basketball Tournament.
Ex-Baylor star Austin scores 14 in debut at TBT
Isaiah Austin made his American professional debut, scoring 14 points in Friday's opener of The Basketball Tournament.
TBT 2019 schedule, tip times, TV info, expert picks
The $2 million TBT has begun. Here's info on how to watch and who our experts are picking to win The Basketball Tournament.