Feb. 15, 2013
Seattle, WASH. - Chris Anderson scored a career-high 15 points and registered four steals as Louisiana Tech forced 23 turnovers and hung on late for the 64-58 win over Seattle U on Thursday night at KeyArena.
LA Tech (22-3, 13-0 WAC) relied heavily on their defense, as they have done all season, to lead them to their 14th straight victory, seven of which have come on the road.
"I thought defensively we were really good," said head coach Michael White. "Our pressure was as good as it has been all season. I thought we got some stops late with some tough, two-handed rebounds which we need to do more of. Offensively, I thought we valued the ball pretty well. We really struggled from the field, but did just enough to squeak one out."
On the opening possession for the Bulldogs, Anderson quickly drained a three-pointer, only his fifth of the season.
Down 15-13 to SU (7-17, 2-12 WAC), the three's continued to fall for LA Tech the rest of the first half as Cordarius Johnson and Jaron Johnson each hit one from the corners to spark a 9-0 run and go up 22-15.
After the Redhawks cut the deficit to two, 22-20, Kenneth Smith hit back-to-back three pointers, including one that was banked in as the shot clock expired.
LA Tech grabbed their largest lead of the game, 32-22 with 2:01 left in the first half when Brandon Gibson drove the lane for the layup off the glass.
However, two made free throws by Seattle U and a jumper at the buzzer sliced into the Bulldog lead, 32-26 at halftime.
SU fought back in the second half, and after not having the lead since midway through the first, the Redhawks forced back-to-back turnovers and turned them into five points and the lead, 40-39 with 11:43 left in the game.
Four straight free throws by Anderson knotted the game up, 43-43, then the Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run that was ignited by the junior college transfer from Weatherford College.
Two of Anderson's career-high four steals came on the stretch run and he was also responsible for half the points.
"He has come a long way," said White about the forward who has started four straight games. "I thought he was the best player on the floor tonight, and as we told our team, it's amazing how productive he was with only taking eight shots. He took an open three early and converted, and I think the rest of his points came off of defense which is a huge bonus for us."
After shooting 57-of-68 from the foul line in the last three games combined, free throw shooting plagued the Bulldogs in tonight's contest, especially down the stretch.
With the Redhawks forced to foul, LA Tech missed three of their next four free throws which allowed Seattle U to cut the deficit to four, 62-58 with 13 seconds remaining.
However, the Bulldogs came away with the road win behind a turnover margin of plus 11 and despite shooting just 53.8 (14-26) percent from the foul line and 37.9 (22-58) percent from the field.
Gibson was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 10 points.
Seattle U was led by Clarence Trent who recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
LA Tech stays in the pacific time zone as they travel to Moscow, Idaho to face the Vandals in a 9:00 p.m. CT tipoff.
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