March 19, 2014
Final Stats |
RUSTON, La. -
Louisiana Tech defeated Iona, 89-88, with a last-second put-back by Kenneth Smith Wednesday night in the Thomas Assembly Center to advance to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament where they will travel to face Georgia.
- Louisiana Tech moves to 28-7 on the season, while Iona falls to 22-11 with the loss. With the win, LA Tech has surpassed last year's win total of 27 victories, which is the second most wins in program history.
- This marks the second straight year the Bulldogs have earned an automatic bid into the NIT by finishing first in their conference. This is the fourth time LA Tech has hosted an NIT game, the last time coming in 2002.
- In the span of two seasons, the Bulldogs now have 55 wins, which ties for the most wins in a two-season span.
- Tonight's victory marks the first time since 85-86 that the Bulldogs have had back-to-back seasons with postseason wins.
- Tech is 5-0 when the scoring margin is five points or less.
- The Bulldogs have only taken on the Gaels one time prior to tonight's game with LA Tech defeating Iona, 84-54, in East Rutherford, N.J., during the 1986 season.
- LA Tech is now 9-7 all-time in NIT games coming into tonight's game. The Bulldogs are now a perfect 4-0 in home NIT games.
- LA Tech is 14-1 in games played inside the Thomas Assembly Center this season.
- The Bulldogs are an impressive 27-1 on the season when leading or tied with opponents at halftime. At the half tonight, LA Tech and Iona were tied at 48-48.
- With nine three-point attempts in tonight's game, Kenyon McNeail (601) became the all-time career leader in three-point field goal attempts. He surpassed Gerrod Henderson (1998-2002), who held the previous record with 597 attempts.
- McNeail is now also tied for first place all-time for made three-point field goals in a career. With four made three-pointers, McNeail is tied with Lonnie Cooper for first place all-time in Bulldog history with 219 made three-pointers.
- With five total steals tonight versus Iona, Kenneth Smith surpassed Wayne Smith (1982-86) for second all-time in LA Tech history for steals in a career. The junior guard currently has 186 career steals and is five away from tying the all-time record, which is held by Gerrod Henderson (1998-2002) who has 191 career steals.
- Chris Anderson recorded his third career double-double with 13 total points and 10 rebounds against the Gaels.
- The 77 shot attempts by the Bulldogs ties for the most in a game this season. Tech also had 77 shots against UL-Lafayette this season.