LA Tech Drops First Game of the Season in Loss to Memphis
Dec. 1, 2015
MEMPHIS – Louisiana Tech held Memphis’ star player to just eight points, but a Tigers team who came in shooting just 24 percent from beyond the arc made 10 three-pointers to down the Bulldogs, 94-68, on Tuesday night inside the FedEx Forum.
LA Tech (5-1) dug itself a first half hole that it could not crawl out of, going down by as much as 25 points due to a 28-6 Memphis (4-2) run which included nine straight made field goals.
“I thought Memphis got into a really good rhythm,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “They were really rolling on all cylinders early in the game. They shot it great, making 10 three-pointers even though they had not been shooting a good percentage. We game planned to see if we could shut down their dribble drives and they made the plays.
“I think every game gives you an opportunity to learn about your team. We certainly have a lot to learn from this. We have had some good moments but we need to string together halves and be consistent.”
The Bulldogs went zone on defense and finally tamed the Tigers for a stretch of time and also found some rhythm on offense, going on a 12-4 run to slice the deficit down to 44-27 at intermission.
However, that was as close as the ‘Dogs would get in their first loss of the season.
Alex Hamilton finished with a team-high 18 points, 17 of those coming in the second half. Erik McCree and Jy’lan Washington, making his first career start, also scored in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot 28-of-58 from the field, but the sour spot was at the charity stripe where they were just 16-of-34 for 47 percent.
Memphis was ignited on offense by its three-point shooting, going 10-of-23 for 44 percent. The Tigers had five players in double figures, led by Ricky Tarrant Jr. who had a game-high 19. He came into the game having made just four three-pointers total and matched that in tonight’s game.
LA Tech now has eight of its next 10 games at home, starting on Friday, Dec. 4 when they host Jackson State. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
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