Bulldogs Cruise to 87-53 Win in Final Tune-up

Nov. 5, 2015

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RUSTON – In Eric Konkol’s introductory press conference on May 18, he let Louisiana Tech fans know that the team would continue to be the Dunkin’ Dogs.

That instantly proved true with the opening possession as Alex Hamilton found a leaping Qiydar Davis for an alley-oop slam.

LA Tech would continue to lead and go wire-to-wire with the help of five players in double figures, cruising to an 87-53 victory over Southwest Baptist on Thursday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center in what was the final tune-up before the start of the 2015-16 regular season.

“I thought everybody contributed,” Konkol said following the game. “I thought that we responded to some things we have been working on in practice. We had 19 assists. We have been challenging to get assisted baskets and hunt great shots. I thought we found some good things in each of the defenses we used. There is really good information from games like this that we can break up the tape and show the guys and improve from.”

After the ‘Dogs opened the game with a 7-0 run, the Bearcats scored on a three-pointer and an old fashion three-point play to close to within one. That was as close as SBU would get as a three-pointer by Hamilton sparked a 13-2 run to give the home team a 20-8 edge.

LA Tech would end up doubling up SBU at the half with a 46-23 lead, in large part due to the senior Hamilton who went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field.

The lead was never in jeopardy going forward as it ballooned to as much as 37 with 1:52 left in the game.

Hamilton, a preseason All-Conference USA selection, recorded just two more points in the second stanza but still finished with a game-high 19.

He was joined by Qiydar Davis (18), Erik McCree (12), Dayon Griffin (11) and Derric Jean (10) in double digits. McCree, the other preseason All-Conference USA Selection, also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds even while being limited to 20 minutes of action due to foul trouble.

“We are going to practice tomorrow before taking off on Saturday to take part in the football game and homecoming,” Konkol said. “We need to improve in all areas, from the turnovers and the rebounding. We just have to keep having that blue collar mentality in practice.”

LA Tech ended up shooting 62 percent from the field (31-of-50) while also forcing 23 turnovers on defense which led to 32 points.

The Bearcats went 18-of-49 from the field for 36.7 percent and were led by Marley Biyendolo who had 13 points.

The team returns to action on Friday, Nov. 13 for the regular season opener versus Millsaps College. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. in the TAC.

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