Bulldogs Fall on the Road to Ragin' Cajuns
Dec. 10, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. - Erik McCree and Alex Hamilton combined for 52 points, but second half woes were too much to overcome for Louisiana Tech on the road as the Bulldogs fell to Louisiana-Lafayette, 94-86, on Wednesday night in the Cajundome.
LA Tech (7-2) held a two-point advantage at the break, holding ULL (4-4) to just 39 points and 20 rebounds, but the Ragin' Cajuns won the battle of the boards in the second half which helped lead to 55 points in snapping the Bulldog's six-game winning streak.
Scoring was not an issue for the `Dogs with reigning Conference USA Player of the Week Hamilton registering 27 and McCree tallying a new career-high 25, but the leading rebound was McCree with only six boards.
On the flip side, ULL ended up with a 42-29 rebounding advantage anchored by big man Shawn Long who recorded 24 points and 15 boards.
"I thought we rebounded well for 20 minutes," head coach Michael White said. "I was pleased for the most part with offensive poise as well for the first 20 minutes. Then they were just a little bit quicker to the ball, especially in the second 20 minutes.
"We just struggled to finish stops with defensive rebounds. I thought there were four or five we were right there in the paint and had chances to get but they got every one of them that were backbreakers for us."
Back-to-back charges taken by the `Dogs and a monster block from McCree ignited a 12-0 run early to give LA Tech an 18-9 lead with 12:51 left in the first half.
With Long picking up two early fouls, the Ragin' Cajuns went beyond the arc for their points starting 5-of-5 while the Bulldogs were clinging to a one-possession lead.
Long checked in late in the first half and managed to convert a three-point play with 39 seconds left in the first stanza, giving the Ragin' Cajuns a 39-38 advantage. However, with one shot left before the break Hamilton hit a step-back three to give LA Tech the advantage, 41-39, going into the locker room.
Long scored six straight points as part of a 14-2 run, giving ULL its first double-digit lead of the game, 55-45, with 14 minutes left.
LA Tech got to within four, 63-59, on a four-point play from Hamilton who made a three from the top of the key and converted the free throw on the foul. However, other than a three-pointer by Kenneth Smith, ULL was able to scramble out of the Bulldogs full court press multiple times and extend its lead back out to 75-62.
Next up for LA Tech is its longest road trip of the season, a trek to New York State, to take on Syracuse on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. CT in the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
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