Lafayette, LA (Sports Network) - Bryant Mbamalu and Elridge Moore each scored 15 points as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns won their season opener over the Oakland Grizzlies, 90-79, in non-conference action at the Cajundome.
Moore was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and added five rebounds and two blocks for Louisiana (1-0). Shawn Long and Elfrid Payton scored 14 points apiece, while Payton added eight assists.
For Oakland (1-1), Duke Mondy tallied a career-high 30 points on 12-of-18 from the field, but he also committed nine turnovers. Drew Valentine and Travis Bader each netted 16 points, and Corey Petros chipped in with 12 points.
Oakland led by as many as eight points in the first half and took a 42-37 lead into intermission. The Grizzlies shot 53.6 percent from the floor in the opening frame.
Louisiana came storming back after halftime. The Cajuns connected on 19-of-26 of their field goals in the second half and outscored Oakland 53-37 to pull away.
The Cajuns turned 20 Oakland turnovers into 32 points.