Bulldogs Battle Roadrunners in San Antonio
Feb. 17, 2016
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech heads back to the state of Texas on Thursday where they will face UTSA at 8 p.m. inside the Convocation Center in a game that will be broadcast on the American Sports Network with Ron Thulin and Chris Walker calling the action.
LA Tech (19-6, 8-4 C-USA) sits alone in fourth place in the Conference USA standings with six regular season games to go, four of which come away from home.
The Bulldogs put themselves back in contention for a top seed after knocking off the top two teams in Middle Tennessee and UAB this past week.
Forward Erik McCree had a lot to do with the two victories, boasting a double-double against the Blue Raiders with 18 points and 12 rebounds and a career-high 33 points two days later versus the Blazers.
“I thought in both games this last week, our defensive effort was fairly consistent for the entire game which is something we have been asking our players to do,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “I thought our offensive execution was strong, certainly in both second halves. Our assist numbers were also up.
“Erik has really been there for us all year. He has had very good numbers throughout the year, both in points and in stepping up with rebounds. He has invested a lot of time into his game in becoming a very good shooter. He also gave us a great effort on the backboard which we needed against their size.” His performances helped earn the redshirt junior his second C-USA Player of the Week honor this season.
Fellow upperclassman Alex Hamilton also registered strong efforts at the point guard position, much like he has done all season. The senior averaged 16 points and 9.5 assists in the games, helping make him the all-time winningest Bulldog in program history with 102 victories.
The duo of McCree (16.4 points per game) and Hamilton (18.3 points per game) are on a scoring tear that could rank at the top for Bulldog scoring tandems. The two players have scored double figures in the same game 20 times (out of 25). They have also combined to have 17 20+ scoring performances and each have had two 30+ scoring performances.
These two who have the ‘neon green’ light to shoot will be relied upon heavily when facing UTSA (4-22, 2-11 C-USA) who is struggling as of late, having lost its last eight games, but can light up the scoreboard.
The Roadrunners are led by their backcourt of Christian Wilson (18.2), Ryan Bowie (17.8) and J.R. Harris (11.7) averaging double figures. The trio scored 60 combined points in the last meeting which came three weeks ago.
“We certainly look at the last game and see what went well and what did not go well,” Konkol said. “We don’t want to change our core too much, but we do want to look at different things we feel can help us in this next game. In particular, they have three talented guards that can score a lot of points. We need to do a better job of containing them than we did in the first game.”
In that game, all five LA Tech starters scored in double figures, led by Hamilton who registered a dou-ble-double with 18 points and 11 assists as the Bulldogs hung on to win at home, 85-75.
The team extended their winning streak to four over the Roadrunners. LA Tech is 4-1 when playing at UTSA, having won each of the last three years in San Antonio.
Fans 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) and KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport). The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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