Late Rally Falls Short in Lafayette
Dec. 10, 2016
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Down by as much as 20 points in the game, Louisiana Tech stormed back to cut the deficit down to three with less than a minute to go but could not complete the comeback in falling to Louisiana-Lafayette, 91-83, on Saturday night inside the Cajundome.
In the end it was turnovers that hurt LA Tech (5-4) the most. The `Dogs committed a season-high 21 turnovers which led to 37 points for ULL (8-2). Eight of those 21 came in the first 10 minutes of the game which allowed the Ragin' Cajuns to jump out to a commanding 26-6 lead.
I liked the way we fought and were able to get back in it, but I was disappointed in the start," head coach Eric Konkol said. "ULL was the aggressor and we were reactionary. We need to fix that in the future. We just turned the ball over way too much to really give ourselves a chance in this game."
The Bulldogs were able to find their rhythm, especially on offense, to outscore the Cajuns by eight the rest of the stanza to be down 43-31 at intermission.
LA Tech was finally able to get the deficit into single digits when Jacobi Boykins hit his first three-pointer of the game with 9:19 left to go (was 0-of-3 prior to that).
For the next eight minutes, Boykins could not be stopped as the junior sharp shooter hit six more from beyond the arc in a row. Following his seventh three-pointer was an offensive rebound and a putback by redshirt senior Erik McCree got the Bulldogs to within three at 86-83 with 31 ticks to go.
From there, ULL was able to go 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to prevent the comeback from happening.
"We had moments," Konkol said. "We did have 52 points in the second half and were really finding our rhythm offensively, but we just did not find that defensively. Jacobi found the net on a lot of difficult, unbalanced shots. He was in the zone and the guys did a good job of finding him. We just ran out of time."
LA Tech shot 34-of-62 from the field for 55 percent. Bracey was the third Bulldog in double figures with 13 points, all coming in the first half. The true freshman point guard also registered eight assists for the third straight game.
ULL had similar shooting numbers, going 35-of-65 for 54 percent and were led by Bryce Washington who had 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
LA Tech returns home to take on Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
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