Arkansas State edges Louisiana-Lafayette 71-69
Arkansas State (8-7, 4-0 Sun Belt) led by as many as 12 before Louisiana-Lafayette stormed back in the second half, edging into a 66-64 lead on Johnathan Stove's jumper with 3:41 left. The score tied twice more, at 66 and 68, before Frederic Dure got an offensive rebound to set up the winning bucket by Gardner, who was fouled and made it a 3-point play with eight seconds left.
Thomas finished with 20 points and Gardner had 13 for the Red Wolves, who won their fourth straight.
Long led Louisiana-Lafayette (5-8, 1-3) with 25 points and 15 rebounds.