Bulldogs Outlast Tigers in Double Overtime
Dec. 4, 2015
RUSTON – It took a double-double by Erik McCree and Qiydar Davis, 37 made free throws and double overtime for Louisiana Tech to come away with a dramatic 95-88 victory over Jackson State on Friday night in front of 3,504 fans inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
Coming off a game in which LA Tech (6-1) shot just 16-of-34 from the foul line, the Bulldogs overcame a dry spell of no made field goals that lasted 12 minutes from late in the second half to almost the entire first overtime by converting from the charity stripe at an 84 percent clip.
In double overtime though the team, especially McCree, found some offensive rhythm. Up one with four minutes to go, the redshirt junior poured in a three-pointer, the first one in over 16 minutes of action.
He followed that up later with a 12-foot jumper and four straight free throws to go along with two defensive rebounds to finish with a game-high 25 points and 11 boards to help the ‘Dogs extend their home winning streak to 34 games which is now tied for the third longest in the country.
“Making 37 free throws out of 44 was something we had hoped for,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “We wanted to get to the foul line and make it a big part of our game plan. I am very thankful we were able to cash in there. We shot a lot of free throws the other day and guys shot it well. I am happy they shot it well tonight.
“I just kept telling them that it does not have to be pretty, just find a way. I give Jackson State a lot of credit. Their zone and the way they play it, it is tricky. We were toying with it as the game went on. We finally found something in the second overtime. At the end of regulation, they went to a different coverage. We were able to get on the glass and get to the line when we just were not getting clean looks. I am really proud of the guys for sticking together.”
Despite trailing at halftime by four, LA Tech went on an 18-2 run which help build a double-digit for the first time, 66-56, after a made layup by Jy’lan Washington with 7:37 left in the game. From there though, the team went cold, like Antarctica cold, shooting the basketball.
Two made free throws by Alex Hamilton still gave the home team a two-point lead with nine seconds left. However, Jackson State’s Paris Collins sank two free throws of his own with two seconds left to send it into an extra period.
JSU (3-6) held a 78-76 lead with less than a minute to go in the first overtime, but a layup by Qiydar Davis broke the shooting spell that tied it up and sent the game into the first double overtime in the TAC since 2011.
Davis would foul out after notching 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, but McCree and LeAntwan Luckett combined for 15 points to pull away from the pesky Tigers.
Luckett finished with a season-high 21 points, scoring the first eight points of the game for the ‘Dogs. Alex Hamilton was the fourth Bulldog in double figures, scoring 13 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds.
For the game, LA Tech was only able to muster 37 percent shooting from the field (25-68).
Jackson State was shooting over 50 percent for a majority of the contest, but the Bulldog defense was able to hold them to 44 percent shooting (37-85). Collins finished with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds.
LA Tech continues its home stand on Tuesday, Dec. 8 versus LSU-Shreveport. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
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