#DunkinDogs Look to Start New Streak on Saturday

Jan. 8, 2016

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON – A couple of years ago, Louisiana Tech had a 19-game home winning streak snapped only to start a new streak that lasted an incredible 39 games.

The Bulldogs will look to start another new streak on Saturday night when they play host to the Charlotte 49ers inside the Thomas Assembly Center in a 6 p.m. tipoff.

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After a game-tying layup by Kenneth Smith sent the game into overtime, Louisiana Tech found itself playing an extra five minutes for the first time this season whereas Charlotte was doing so for the sixth time.

It was Dec. 4, 2013 the last time LA Tech (12-3, 1-1 C-USA) lost in the TAC. After reeling off 39 straight which was tied for the second longest streak in the country and one shy of tying the program record, game No. 40 ended in a 56-53 loss at the hands of Old Dominion.

The No. 1 scoring offense in Conference USA was held to their lowest scoring output of the season.

“We take a lot of pride in playing here at home,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “It is one of those conference games and you want to come away on the right side. It is going to hurt for a little while. I was proud of their effort and the way they fought back. We have to do the very same thing in preparing for Charlotte.”

Alex Hamilton led the team in scoring for the eighth time this season, tallying 15 points. The senior guard was recently named to the Lute Olson Award mid-season watch list as he paces the Bulldogs in points (17.8), assists (6.0) and steals (2.1) and is second in rebounding (5.9).

Despite the offensive setback, there was more proof this past Thursday that LA Tech has turned a corner from a defensive standpoint. The Bulldogs have now held their opponent to under 60 points for a third straight game.


 

 

That type of defensive intensity will need to carry over versus Charlotte (4-10, 1-1 C-USA).

With a tough non-conference schedule, the 49ers opened the season winning one of its first nine games. However, the battle-tested visitors have steadily improved under first-year head coach Mark Price as they have been winners in three of the last five.

“Charlotte is in a growth phase right now,” Konkol said. “Coach [Mark] Price has got them playing competitively right now. They had a very close game with Old Dominion. They have some young talent. I know they are going to come in here ready to play.”

Charlotte recently won its first C-USA game of the season with an 82-76 victory at Southern Miss. All five starters scored in double figures, including Braxton Ogbueze who had 17 points.

The redshirt junior is pacing the 49ers with an average of 11.6 points per game, followed closely by Andrien White, the reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week, who averages 11.4 points per contest.

Saturday will mark the fourth time the two teams have met on the hardwood. LA Tech holds a 3-0 advantage in the series, winning two lopsided victories in 2014 before needing overtime last season in Charlotte to come away with an 83-82 win.

Fans can access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The game can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield). The “Voice of the Bulldogs” Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.

Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.

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