Final Home Stand Begins Thursday versus North Texas
Feb. 24, 2016
RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech enters its final home stand of the season with the first matchup coming on Thursday night versus North Texas.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the American Sports Network with Brett Dolan and Ben Braun calling the action. Along with the TV stations carrying the game, fans can also watch the live stream by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access.
After splitting the Texas road trip this past week, LA Tech (20-7, 9-5 C-USA) is currently alone in fourth place in the league standings with four games to go. The top four seeds receive a bye straight to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
"With these four games left, we have opportunities to move ahead and get better and position ourselves in the conference tournament," head coach Eric Konkol said. "We just need more consistency on both ends of the floor. We have won games different ways and lost games different ways. We just want to be more consistent with playing the type of defense we need to play and offensively taking care of the basketball and getting good shots."
The Bulldogs won by 13 at UTSA but fell two days later in El Paso to UTEP. Alex Hamilton sparked a late run by recording nine points over four minutes to pull the team to within nine after being down by as much as 23 with a little under six minutes to go, but the `Dogs fell by a score of 91-80 to the Miners.
The senior guard had another impressive pair of games and as a result received LSWA Player of the Week honors, something he has garnered three times which is tied for the most for any player in the state of Louisiana.
Over the last six games, Hamilton is averaging 21.7 points per game while shooting 63 percent from the field. He has had 20+ scoring performances in five of the last six games. The numbers do not stop there as he is also averaging 4.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game during the stretch.
Hamilton and LA Tech will be seeking to not only remain in the top four of the standings, but also seeking to avenge the loss to North Texas (11-16, 6-8 C-USA) earlier this season.
The Bulldogs held a lead for the first 25 minutes of that game, including a 10-point halftime advantage, but eventually fell in Denton, 80-69.
"North Texas has really built some continuity," Konkol said. "They have a lot of balance now, inside and outside. They are very big. And then their guards have gotten into a rhythm with their scoring outputs.
"It is a scoring league. A lot of teams are scoring the ball really well and if you can defend, and really limit those opportunities you are going to have a chance on any given night."
The Mean Green come in having won four of its last six games, including the last two which came at home against FIU and Florida Atlantic. They have posted 10 victories at home. However, playing on the road has been a different story as they are only 1-10.
They are led by Jeremy Combs who is averaging a double-double with 15.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. The forward has posted 12 double-doubles this season, second most in C-USA.
North Texas has won the last two meetings in the series, but LA Tech has dominated at home with an 11-1 record in Ruston.
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 and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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