NEW ORLEANS -- Rodrick Sikes made one of two free throws with four seconds remaining and eighth-seeded South Alabama held on to upend No. 5 seed Louisiana Lafayette 70-69 in the second round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Josh Ajayi led South Alabama with 25 points and the Jaguars advance to face fourth-seeded Texas State in Friday's quarterfinals.
Sikes finished with 15 points for South Alabama (17-16). Trhae Mitchell added nine points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Jaguars scored 24 points off 14 Louisiana turnovers
A layup by Gant knotted the game at 69-69 with 1:43 to play and neither team scored another basket. Ajayi grabbed the rebound of a 3-point miss by Louisiana's Russell and Sikes was fouled with four ticks on the clock, making one.
Neither team led by more than six points in a game with seven ties and 10 lead changes.
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP-Top25
Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com