Dec. 5, 2012
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Three Louisiana Tech (7-2) players scored at least 16 points in the game, but Northwestern State (4-3) used their hot-shooting, going 55 percent from the floor, to break the Bulldogs seven-game winning streak in the 89-83 shootout on Tuesday night at Prather Coliseum.
The 89 points by the Demons was the most surrendered by the Bulldog defense this season with the majority of those points either coming off of transition baskets or hard-nose plays around the rim.
[Northwestern State] is really impressive with their athleticism and their physicality," said head coach Michael White. "We need to continue to grow up as a group and mature. You've got to understand that to win on the road you have to leave it all on the floor for 40 minutes, not for 25. We got beat up, and again, I give a lot of credit to them. They were extremely physical and they brought the fight to us."
The Bulldogs opened the game with a put-back dunk by Michale Kyser to get on the scoreboard first, but the Demons held a single digit lead throughout most of the first half.
A jumper by Raheem Appleby would give the Bulldogs their first lead since their opening basket, 28-27, at the 5:53 mark in the first stanza.
From there, NSU would use a 17-7 run to close out the half and take a nine-point edge into halftime.
The Demons would put the Bulldogs in as much as a 12-point hole early in the second half, but LA Tech clawed its way back slowly until guard Alex Hamilton scored five straight points to tie the game up 58-58 with 11:40 to go.
Four more lead changes would ensue until the `Dogs took their largest lead, 70-67, with 6:39 to play on an Appleby three-pointer.
NSU then used an 8-0 run to regain the lead and never looked back.
LA Tech closed out the last three minutes of the game going 2-of-11 from the free throw line.
Double digit scorers for the Bulldogs were Kenneth Smith (17), Raheem Appleby (17) and Alex Hamilton who had a career night tallying 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting in just 20 minutes of action off the bench.
"Alex was really good," said White. "He had 16 points off the bench and three steals and really got us going at times, but to win on the road against a team that has a good shot at going to the NCAA Tournament, you've got to have four or five guys play well. Unfortunately it was not a great night for us."
Michale Kyser was a force on the glass, bringing down a career-high 17 rebounds including 10 that were offensive.
The Demons were led in scoring by Shamir Davis with 20 points.
LA Tech returns to action on Saturday night, Dec. 8, as they will face off against Southern Miss inside the Thomas Assembly Center at 7 p.m.
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