Dec. 14, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Despite holding Oklahoma State to 20 points less than their season average, cold shooting doomed Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs fell to the No. 7 ranked Cowboys, 70-55, in the All-College Classic inside the Chesapeake Arena.
LA Tech (8-3) ended the game 21-of-64 (32.8) from the field with only six makes coming in the first half.
Being undersized at nearly every position, the Bulldogs were able to find some open looks from the perimeter, but the shots were not falling. From three-point range, LA Tech was just 6-of-26 (23.1).
On the other end of the floor, OK State (9-1) was not much better from the outside. However, the Cowboys used their physicality to get down low and net 42 points inside the paint.
"I thought we would be more competitive to be honest, but I just think we struggled so much from an offensive standpoint," said head coach Michael White. "We had a lot of droughts offensively. We couldn't really get into a rhythm. We missed the open looks that we had and just could not cut into a lead, could not get it going offensively against a terrific defensive team.
"I was proud of the way we defended and rebounded and competed. I thought we played well enough in those areas to be competitive against a legitimate Final Four contender."
The Bulldogs had an early 5-3 lead as OSU was held scoreless for the first four minutes of the contest. Then Cowboys scored a couple of easy baskets off of forced turnovers and went on a 7-0 run. Hamilton stopped the run with the three, the lone three by the `Dogs in the first half.
The Bulldog defense did a great job of limiting OK State offensively, but the Cowboys built a 13-point halftime lead, 31-18, by creating 11 turnovers which resulted in 12 points.
OSU extended its lead to 47-32, but back-to-back three pointers by Kenyon McNeail and a jump hook from Jaron Johnson pulled the `Dogs to within seven, 47-40, as LA Tech started to gain some offensive rhythm for the first time.
"I thought we made a couple of positive plays off ball screens early second half and got a couple of open looks off of offensive rebounds and in transition," said White. "We also created our first couple turnovers in press which always helps us offensively."
The Bulldogs had two great three-point looks to slice into the lead even more, but came up empty. The Cowboys proceeded to go on a 16-4 run to push their advantage to 65-46, thanks in large to their getting to the free throw line and converting 7-7.
Le'Bryan Nash led the way for the Cowboys with a double-double, 22 points and 10 rebounds.
LA Tech returns home on Tuesday night to face the Cowboys of McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center.
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