11:40 LRN sportscast

LSU men’s basketball played one of its worst games of the year last night as the Tigers lost to Florida 81-66. The Tigers are now 10-5 in the SEC and tied with the Gators for third place. LSU will host Texas A-and-M on Saturday.

The Ragin Cajuns are now tied for eighth place in the Sun Belt after rallying to beat Arkansas State 77-74 in the Cajundome last night. Cedric Russell had a team-high 22 points, 19 of them came in the second half.

Nicholls clinched a top-four seed and a first-round bye in the Southland Tournament with a 93-85 win over Houston Baptist. Redshirt senior Dexter McClanahan led the way with 20 points.

McNeese snapped a six-game losing streak with a 108-82 win over Southeastern Louisiana. The Lions have lost eight straight.

Northwestern State turned it over 26 times and lost to Southland leader Stephen F Austin 90-59.

Tonight Louisiana Tech is at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers beat the Bulldogs by 11 earlier this season in Ruston. Tip-time tonight is at seven.

Zach Mathis, Cade Beloso and Maurice Hampton each drove in two runs and LSU defeated Louisiana Tech seven to one as the Bulldogs were held to five hits and they also committed five errors on a cold night at the Box.

ULM scored a school-record 19 runs in the fourth inning and defeated Southeastern Louisiana 23-5 to complete a mid-week sweep.

Northwestern State is now seven and one after beating the Ragin Cajuns 10 to 8. U-L Lafayette falls to two and seven. Peyton Davis three-run homer sparked a five-run fourth inning.

McNeese scored nine runs in the third inning and the Cowboys defeated Missouri in Lake Charles 12 to 4. Clayton Rasbeary and Julian Gonzales each hit two-run homers. The 6-and-3 Pokes host Valparaiso on Friday.

Metairie Senator Cameron Henry has filed legislation to legalize sports betting in Louisiana after an effort to do so last year failed. Henry’s bill would allow voters to decide in November if sports betting should be legal in their parish.