Bulldogs Look to Bounce Back Saturday versus Owls
Jan. 15, 2016
BOCA RATON, Florida – In the past three-plus seasons, Louisiana Tech has proven time after time it can bounce back from a loss having only dropped back-to-back games three times.
The Bulldogs will need to regain their defensive intensity if they want to bounce back again as they take on Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday night inside FAU Arena.
After not giving up more than 60 points in three straight contests, LA Tech (13-4, 2-2 C-USA) has surrendered 90 and 88 points in the last two games.
“We have to motivate and educate and really show guys what matters and what we need to do to get better,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “We need to continue to hammer away. It is really frustrating on the defensive end. We are trying to find that real identity for us.
“Some nights we have turned people over. Some nights we have played really well in the half court. I would like to do both and that requires great energy and execution.”
The Bulldogs did a solid job in the front court, crashing the glass to the tune of a season-high 18 offensive rebounds as well as limiting FIU’s big man Adrian Diaz to 11 points and four boards.
However, too many break downs in defensive execution allowed the Panthers to get off to a hot start and stay hot in the 14-point win.
On offense, the highlight was the continued play of Dayon Griffin who for a second straight game led LA Tech in points. The sophomore guard is really coming into his own and had another solid performance with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
There was also the play of Merrill Holden who posted a career-high 11 points while adding six rebounds.
These two and the rest of the squad will need to be more active and communicative as they get ready to face Florida Atlantic (3-14, 1-3 C-USA) who snapped a nine-game losing streak this past Thursday with a 58-51 win over Southern Miss.
It was the Owls first league victory of the season, led by Jackson Trapp who had a team-high 15 points versus the Golden Eagles. He is one of four players averaging at least nine points per game.
The Bulldogs have won the two meetings in the series since becoming conference foes with the Owls. Both wins came in Ruston with the ‘Dogs winning 84-64 in 2014 and 65-54 last season.
Fans can watch the game on the C-USA Digital Network and can access live 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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