LA Tech Heads to Miami to Battle FIU
Feb. 2, 2018
MIAMI – Louisiana Tech heads to Miami, the hometown of fellow Bulldog Derric Jean, to try to extend its winning streak to five and sweep a road weekend when they battle FIU on Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT inside Ocean Bank Convocation Center.
The live video stream can be seen with a paid subscription to CUSA.tv. Fans can listen to the Voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz call the action on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.
Thanks to four straight league victories, LA Tech (14-9, 5-5 C-USA) has quickly climbed up from the bottom of the Conference USA standings. They are currently tied for seventh and are just one game back of fourth place.
The last victory was a big one for the Bulldogs since it came on the road, a place where they were previously 0-6. Down four with less than four minutes to go, they went on an incredible 14-1 run to help close out a 67-62 win over Florida Atlantic on Thursday.
The two Floridians, Jean and Amorie Archibald, led the way by combining for 31 points. Jean hit three triples, increasing his team-beat three-point shooting percentage to 46 percent. The team itself is still shooting a high percentage at 38 percent which leads the conference.
Archibald had zero points in the first half, but erupted in the second half to score all 15 of his points, seven of which came during the Bulldogs’ run in the final minutes.
One of the biggest keys to the game was rebounding since LA Tech was clearly undersized against a big FAU lineup. Despite the size discrepancy, the ‘Dogs manage to outrebound the Owls, 37-35. Helping do that was Jy’lan Washington who pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.
After suffering two losses on the road, FIU (10-13, 4-6 C-USA) got back on the winning track at home by registering a 76-70 victory over Southern Miss this past Thursday.
One of the big keys to their victory versus the Golden Eagles was the Panthers ability to get to the foul line. They ended up taking 35 free throw attempts, upping their season total to 529 which ranks first in the league (LA Tech is second) and 36th in the country. On the flipside though, they are the worst free-throw shooting team in the nation at 58.2 percent.
They also got it done defensively, registering six steals which is below their season average of 7.7 per game, a stat that also leads the conference. Brian Beard, Jr. is the man leading the charge in that category, having totaled 65 steals this season which ranks as the fifth most in the country.
He also leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game. He is part of a trio of guards that do the bulk of the scoring for FIU, along with Trejon Jacob and Eric Lockett who average 14.8 and 14.2 points per game, respectively.
LA Tech leads the al-time series with FIU, 6-4. The Bulldogs and Panthers split the season series three times when they were league foes in the Sun Belt Conference from 1998-2001.
Since becoming conference opponents again in 2013-14 in C-USA, LA Tech has won three of the four meetings. The lone meeting in Miami was won by FIU.
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.
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