@LATechHoops Rounds Out Weekend at Old Dominion
Feb. 20, 2015
NORFOLK, Va. - Louisiana Tech finishes up its regular season road schedule on Saturday, Feb. 21 when they play at Old Dominion at 2 p.m. CT in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The contest will be televised on the American Sports Network with John Castleberry and Tim Scarborough calling the action.
Having the last road game this early is new for head coach Michael White and LA Tech (21-6, 12-2 C-USA). In the past three seasons, the team has finished the regular season on the road each time. Last season in Conference USA, four of the last five games were on the road.
The Bulldogs are coming off a pivotal road win at Charlotte that took an extra five minutes to be determined. Alex Hamilton scored a game-high 29 points and LA Tech connected on 16-of-17 free throw attempts, including the last four in the final 10 seconds of overtime, to come away with an 83-82 victory.
Down 73-71, Smith broke the full court pressure of the 49ers and took it all the way to the basket for the game-tying layup with eight seconds left to send it into an extra period. In OT the `Dogs jumped out to a five-point lead and never trailed.
It ended up being a completely different type of win for LA Tech. They had a -5 turnover margin, but shot 94 percent from the foul line and set season highs with 44 total rebounds and a +8 rebounding margin.
It also marked the first overtime game since Dec. 30, 2013 when LA Tech won at Oklahoma and the first conference overtime game since Jan. 12, 2012 when they lost to Idaho while in the Western Athletic Conference.
Meanwhile, Hamilton eclipsed 27 points in a single game for the fifth time this season, the most by any C-USA player.
Sweeping the road weekend will be a tall task with Old Dominion (19-6, 8-5 C-USA) extending its home winning streak to 18 straight games after defeating Southern Miss, 64-38, on Thursday.
The Monarchs, a former AP Top 25 team this season, are a perfect 14-0 at home this year and have the most impressive non-conference resume with victories over LSU, VCU and Richmond.
The last loss by ODU at home came at the hands of LA Tech when the Bulldogs won, 71-66, in last year's meeting almost a year ago exactly. ODU junior guard Trey Freeman, the team's leading scorer with 16.0 points per game, scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Monarchs over the Golden Eagles.
Old Dominion gets it done predominately with its defense where they are arguably the best in the league. They are tops in scoring defense, allowing opponents to just score an average of 57.3 points per game. They are also second in field goal percentage defense (.404) and first in rebounding margin (+5.4).
Fans are reminded that tickets for the 2015 Conference USA basketball tournament which will be hosted by UAB in Birmingham (March 11-14) are on sale for $180 which includes tickets to every game (both men's and women's sessions). To purchase your tickets to the tournament or to any Louisiana Tech basketball home game, call the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, email firstname.lastname@example.org or online HERE.
Live audio of the game is available via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The contest can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield). The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the action.
Twitter users can receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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