March 13, 2015
No. 1 Louisiana Tech-70, No. 9 Rice-64
With the 70-64 victory, Louisiana Tech now leads the all-time series over Rice, 11-5. The Bulldogs have won four straight over the Owls.
No. 1 seed LA Tech improved to 25-7 on the season and is riding a four-game winning streak as they advance to the semifinals to take on No. 4 UAB.
It is the first time in program history that the Bulldogs have won 25+ games in three straight seasons.
LA Tech is now 3-1 all-time in Conference USA tournament play.
The win was No. 99 for head coach Michael White in just his fourth year at the helm.
LA Tech forced 17 turnovers, marking the 19th time this season they have forced at least 15 in a single game.
The Bulldogs had a +11 turnover margin. It marked the 10th time this season they have had at least a +10 turnover margin.
The Bulldogs are now 90-1 under coach White when leading with five minutes to play. They led 62-51 at that mark.
Speedy made his team-leading 114th career start.
Hamilton made his 71st straight start.
The Bulldogs had four players score in double figures led by Erik McCree who had a game-high 17 points.
McCree registered his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. The 12 boards matched a career high.
Appleby registered 11 points. The senior guard has scored in double figures in every game but three this season.
Hamilton went 9-of-10 from the foul line. For his career, he has attempted at least 10 free throws in a single game 16 different times.
Speedy recorded five steals, giving him 61 for the season. He now owns the record for most steals in a single season by a senior, passing Wayne Smith (1985-86).
Michale Kyser had one block on the night, but that was all he needed to set the senior record for most rejections in a single season. He now has 93.
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