LA Tech Concludes Regular Season at WKU
March 4, 2016
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech looks to carry over its road magic into Saturday night when they take on WKU at 7 p.m. inside E.A. Diddle Arena to conclude the regular season.
The game will be broadcast live on Fox College Sports with Randy Lee and Hal Schmitt calling the action.
LA Tech (23-7, 12-5 C-USA) finds itself tied for second place in the league standings with Middle Tennessee. A victory means a No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Tournament while a loss can put the Bulldogs anywhere from No. 2 to No. 5 depending upon results from other league games.
The ‘Dogs, who started out conference play 2-3 through five games, have since won 10 of the last 12 to put themselves in the position where they control their own destiny. The 12th league win which came on Thursday was certainly the wildest – a 97-94 victory at Marshall.
The two highest scoring offenses in C-USA showcased their talents on that side of the ball. After nine lead changes and 10 ties, the tenth tie in the slugfest coming with 3.3 seconds left at 94-94, freshman Derric Jean silenced the Herd with a half-court shot at the buzzer for the game-winner.
Helping get Jean into that position was Alex Hamilton and Erik McCree. Hamilton dominated to the tune of 38 points, a career-high and the most by a Bulldog since Karl Malone in 1983. McCree, who came in having missed three of the last four games due to a minor knee injury, registered his eighth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Hamilton has been playing at an All-American level the past three games where he is averaging an incredible 27.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
WKU enters the game having won three of its last four games, including a 75-60 victory over Southern Miss on Thursday. Aaron Cosby scored a game-high 25 points, including seven three-pointers. He is one of three seniors for the Hilltoppers and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game behind only Justin Johnson who averages 15.1 points per game.
Despite having 10 conference losses, WKU has been very competitive evident by it being one of only two schools (along with LA Tech) to defeat UAB and Middle Tennessee this season. Seven of WKU’s 10 conference losses have come by an average of 3.6 points per loss, including two in overtime.
There is plenty of history between these two schools as they were league foes for 10 years in the Sun Belt Conference (1991-2001). They faced off twice every season, and even a couple of times in the SBC Tournament, but the Bulldogs left to join the Western Athletic Conference.
LA Tech and WKU became league foes once again after the Hilltoppers joined C-USA a year after the ‘Dogs did in 2013. The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings and six of the last eight in the series, but the Hilltoppers still lead 15-14.
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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