Bulldogs Roll Pilots in Final Non-Conference Game
Dec. 22, 2016
RUSTON – In the final non-conference game of the season, five Louisiana Tech players scored in double figures, led by forward Erik McCree who had a team-high 23 points and nine rebounds, as the Bulldogs rolled the Pilots by a score of 95-53 on Thursday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The other four included Jalen Harris who came off the bench to score 17 points, the fifth time the freshman has reached double digits this year, as well as Derric Jean (13), Omar Sherman (11) and Jy’lan Washington (10).
Along with putting up big offensive numbers, LA Tech (8-5) was able to shut down LSU-Shreveport (9-4) from a defensive standpoint. The Pilots came in averaging 93 points per game but could only muster 19 first half points and 53 for the game.
“This is a time when players can really pack their bags too early,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “I was pleased with our performance today but really in practice yesterday. After the outcome the other night, they came with a real focus of trying to get better and figure out what we need to work on and they did. It showed up tonight.”
The Bulldogs jumped all over the Pilots to start the game, getting off to a whopping 42-6 lead with 4:18 to play in the first stanza, capped off by a Harris three-pointer. The lead grew by as much as 45 points late in the second half with 11 players seeing extensive playing time.
“LSUS can really score,” Konkol said. “They have played other Division I opponents and have put up big numbers. We were concerned. I really give a lot of credit to the leadership in our locker room. The guys wanted to defend and get off to a great start and they did.”
Some of the other individual performances were Jacobi Boykins who registered a career-tying five steals and a season-high eight rebounds to go along with nine points, DaQuan Bracey and Oliver Powell combining for 12 assists and Joniah White recording a game-high three blocks.
LA Tech ended up shooting 33-of-62 from the field (53 percent) and 7-of-22 from three-point range (32 percent). They also connected on 22-of-29 from the foul line (76 percent), led by Harris and Jean who joined efforts in going a perfect 14-of-14.
LSUS shot 27 percent from the field (20-73) and hit just four three-pointers on 21 attempts. The Pilots had three scorers in double figures, led by Rashard Owens who had 16 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Next up for LA Tech is the Conference USA opener which comes on Sunday, Jan. 1 at Southern Miss. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
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