Jan. 9, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech defeated Florida Atlantic, 84-64, in the Conference USA opener Thursday night in the Thomas Assembly Center to move to 13-3 on the season and 1-0 in league play.
With an 84-64 victory over the Owls, LA Tech is 13-3 on the season and riding a five-game winning streak. Florida Atlantic is 4-11 after the loss and is winless in seven games on the road. Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series over Florida Atlantic, 1-0, after notching its inaugural Conference USA win.
The Bulldogs are now 13-0 when leading or tied at halftime and 6-1 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
LA Tech is 11-0 on the season when forcing 15 or more turnovers. Florida Atlantic turned the ball over 19 times in the loss.
Louisiana Tech is now 87-79 against Conference USA opponents in team history.
Junior Michale Kyser recorded a career-high 17 points versus the Owls, while also adding 12 rebounds for the second double-double of the season the third of his career. Kyser also had four blocks on the night.
Michale Kyser now has a season total of 65 blocks in 2013-14 and 217 blocks in his Bulldog career. This is the 14th game this season Kyser has had at least three blocks in a single game.
This is the fourth straight game Alex Hamilton has scored in double figures. He has also scored in double-digits in 13 of the 16 games this season. The sophomore totaled 14 points versus the Owls.
Kenneth Smith had a team-leading eight assists on the night to bring his career total to 409, which keeps him at fifth all-time in Louisiana Tech Basketball history.
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