Bulldogs Fall on the Road to Roadrunners

Feb. 24, 2018

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SAN ANTONIO – It was another frustrating night on the road for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs were in a tight game down to the end but could not pull out the victory, falling to UTSA by a final score of 74-64 on Saturday at the Convocation Center.

LA Tech (16-14, 7-10 C-USA) was down only one possession with two minutes left to go, but UTSA (17-12, 10-6 C-USA) finished the contest on a 10-1 run to put the game away.

The Bulldogs struggled mightily on offense, shooting just 35 percent from the field while making only five three-pointers. Meanwhile, the Roadrunners were able to overcome the loss of their star player Jhivvan Jackson who left the game due to the injury just five minutes into the first half.

“With such a young team, the frustrations on offense will turn into poor defensive effort and I thought that was what happened tonight,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “We had a lot of different lineups due to foul trouble, lineups that have not really practiced together. We just could not get into an offensive rhythm.

“Anthony Duruji was in foul trouble the entire night. Oliver Powell picked up a couple fouls early when he was in a great rhythm. But you have to be able to battle through that adversity and we were not able to do that.”

LA Tech got off to a solid start, making seven of their 10 shots (three of which were from beyond the arc) to take an 18-12 lead.

After a reverse layup by DaQuan Bracey, who was only able to play nine minutes due to his nagging injury, made it 22-18 in favor of the ‘Dogs, the team went ice cold on offense.

For the final 10 minutes of the first stanza, LA Tech made only two field goals yet they were able to make 10 free throws to hold a slim 35-33 advantage at halftime.

The offense never got much better unfortunately. Despite UTSA’s Deon Lyle coming off the bench to spark the home team with five three-pointers (some from NBA range), LA Tech tied the game up for a ninth time at 53-53 after a tip-in by Oliver Powell.

The Roadrunners managed to grab its largest lead of the game at 61-55 before Jacobi Boykins hit his third triple of the night, giving him 90 for the season which breaks his own single season record from a year ago.

With 1:56 to go, it was Exavian Christon nailing a three from the corner to slice the deficit back down to three yet again at 66-63. However, all the ‘Dogs could muster the rest of the way was one free throw while the Roadrunners made three field goals and two free throws down the stretch.

“I want to see us play with great enthusiasm and effort on defense,” Konkol added. “When we do that, we are such a better team. In games we have been successful, that is the type of effort we have gotten. I thought we started the game with some good juice like that, but once the ball was not going into the basket I thought our body language, our energy, our effort, was not there on the defensive end.”

Boykins led the way for the Bulldogs with a team-high 17 points and eight rebounds. Powell and Christon added 14 and 11 points, respectively. The three combined to make 13 of the team’s 20 made field goals.

For the game, UTSA shot 47 percent from the field (25-of-53) while sinking 11 three-pointers. Four Roadrunners scored in double figures, led by Lyle with 17.

LA Tech will close out the regular season on Saturday, March 3 when they travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.

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