LA Tech Takes on UTEP on CBS Sports Network
Feb. 19, 2016
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech will attempt to grab a conference road sweep for the first time this season when they take on UTEP on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT at the Don Haskins Center.
The game will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network with Brian Custer and Jordan Cornette calling the action.
Both teams are streaking these days as LA Tech (20-6, 9-4 C-USA) has won seven of its last eight games while UTEP (16-11, 8-6 C-USA) has reeled off five straight victories since losing in Ruston three weeks ago.
The Bulldogs reached the 20-win plateau for a fourth straight year on Thursday with an 87-74 victory at UTSA. The team shot in incredible 60.4 percent from the field, their highest shooting percentage since November of 2013.
Alex Hamilton played a big part in that efficiency, scoring a game-high 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting. The senior has scored at least 20 points in four of the last five games. He also lit up the stat sheet with six assists, five rebounds and a career-tying five steals.
Hamilton did not have his scoring partner on the floor though as Erik McCree missed his first game as a Bulldog after playing in 61 straight. Stepping up in the second-leading scorers place were Merrill Holden and Derric Jean who each posted career highs in points with 18 and 16, respectively.
Even though LA Tech is second in the league in scoring offense (79.3), it is defense that has been a big key in the recent wins by stringing together stops much like it did against the Roadrunners. For the first eight minutes of the second half, the Bulldogs limited the Roadrunners to just six points which helped generate a 24-point lead at one point.
It was defense that allowed the ‘Dogs to defeat the Miners in the first meeting this season, forcing a season-high 23 turnovers in what was a 78-70 victory.
Since that game, UTEP has been putting up big offensive numbers, averaging 91.2 points per game. Their 78-73 win over Southern Miss this past Thursday was the first time the Miners did not score at least 80 points during the five-game stretch.
The Miners play with mostly a seven-man rotation these days with all seven averaging at least nine points per game. They are led by guard Lee Moore who is averaging 14.7 points per contest.
LA Tech took the series lead, 10-9, and have won three straight in the series. UTEP does have a 7-2 advantage when playing at home, but the Bulldogs got the better of the Miners in El Paso last season when they limited them to just 45 points in what was a 13-point victory.
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), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield). 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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