LA Tech Downs Morehead State, 73-64

Nov. 21, 2014

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RUSTON - Louisiana Tech took advantage of 25 makes from the free throw line and Erik McCree recorded a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds as the Bulldogs downed Morehead State, 73-64, to open up the sub-host portion of the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.

Coming off a game where they shot just 46 percent from the charity stripe, LA Tech (2-1) went 71 percent led by Kenneth Smith who made 9-of-10 and McCree who went 8-of-10.

With the Bulldogs missing on their first seven shot attempts, Morehead State (1-3) gradually took a 19-15 lead on a made jumper from Kareem Storey.

Trailing by four with eight minutes left in the first half, the `Dogs erupted for a 17-4 run sparked by an alley-oop slam by Michale Kyser from Smith to grab a 32-23 advantage, the largest thus far in the game.

The run lasted six minutes and was highlighted by three rejections from Kyser and two three-pointers by Xavian Stapleton.

LA Tech's defensive effort allowed them to hold an eight-point lead at halftime despite MSU grabbing 14 offensive rebounds and taking 12 more shots.

The Bulldogs continued to use their full court pressure which did not force the Eagles into turnovers, but it did take them out of their sets. The toughness allowed them to go on a 9-2 run to start the second stanza capped by a layup from Raheem Appleby

The strong opening forced a timeout from MSU with the `Dogs leading 42-27 with 17:13 to go in the contest.

The lead grew to as much as 18 points. The closest the Eagles got was on its last made field goal of the game, resulting in LA Tech's 14th straight home win and its eighth straight home opening win.

The Bulldogs shot 22-of-47 from the field for 47 percent while only shooting 12 three-pointers. Raheem Appleby posted his third straight double-digit scoring performance with 13. True freshman Stapleton was also in double figures with a career high 11.

In typical fashion, Speedy led the Bulldogs in assists with seven to go along with nine points and five boards. Kyser led the defensive effort with four blocks.

Morehead State ended up taking 26 more shots, going 24-of-73 (33 percent) from the field. The Eagles were led by Billy Reader who scored 17 points. Angelo Warner scored 15 points to go along with nine rebounds.

Louisiana Tech's next action comes tomorrow night when the Bulldogs take on American University in their second game of the event with a 6 p.m. tipoff at the Thomas Assembly Center.




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