LA Tech Drops 89-79 Decision to UTEP
Jan. 30, 2014
EL PASO, Texas - In a wacky game that lasted well over two hours and featured 54 total fouls, including three technicals, Louisiana Tech was unable to shoot its way out of trouble as they fell on the road to UTEP, 89-79, in the Don Haskins Center on Thursday night.
LA Tech (17-5, 5-2 C-USA) came out hot from beyond the arc with four different Bulldogs each hitting a three-pointer in the first five minutes of action to give the team a 14-9 lead.
Forced to shoot long jumpers due to the size of UTEP (15-6, 5-1 C-USA) and its 1-3-1 zone, the Bulldogs only managed to hit three more three balls, ending the game 8-of-33 from beyond the arc.
LA Tech held on to a slim lead, 31-28, before UTEP went on a 10-0 run to go up by seven and they took a seven-point lead into halftime, 43-36.
Jaron Johnson immediately cut it to four with a corner three, but the Miners then went on an 8-0 run that was aided by two free throws off a technical foul called on coach White.
In a strange turn of events, the Miners were hit with two technical fouls only minutes later - coach Floyd and John Bohannon. LA Tech used this opportunity to slice back into the lead, 53-48.
The momentum was killed though when a Bulldog turnover turned into a lay-in on the other end.
The fouls continued to rack up as 17 fouls were called in the first eight minutes of the second stanza.
The `Dogs managed to cut the deficit to six multiple times, including with 1:11 to go after a layup by J. Johnson, 83-77.
However, that was as close as Tech would get with the Miners putting the game away with more free throws. The home team finished 23-of-37 from the charity stripe.
Hamilton and Anderson led the team with 17 points each. J. Johnson added 15.
UTEP was anchored by Vince Hunter and Julian Washburn who registered 26 and 21 points, respectively.
LA Tech remains in the state of Texas to go up against UTSA on Saturday, Feb. 1 in a C-USA matchup being televised on Time Warner Texas. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
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