@LATechHoops Wraps Up HOF Event at Memphis
Nov. 30, 2015
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech will wrap up its participation in the 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational on Tuesday night when they travel to take on Memphis at 8 p.m. inside FedEx Forum.
The matchup can be seen on the CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen calling the action.
Trailing at halftime for just the second time this season, LA Tech (5-0) managed to stay undefeated with a victory this past Friday against two-time defending MEAC champion North Carolina Central.
The win was thanks in large part to the defense which came alive in the second half, but that effort is something head coach Eric Konkol wants to see for a full 40 minutes.
"You have to control the things you can control,” Konkol said. “We always need a great effort offensively, with movement, but sometimes the ball just does not go in. Our defense has to be counted on. It is not even just causing turnovers. Sometimes you face a team that is taking care of the basketball, so we have to make people miss and rebound the ball."
The two returning starters from last season, Alex Hamilton and Erik McCree, are each averaging 15 points per game but it has been a collective scoring effort that has helped produce five straight wins.
That was the case for the Bulldogs against the Eagles when Qiydar Davis, Dayon Griffin and Jacobi Boykins scored in double figures in the 21-point victory. In all, eight different players have scored double digit points in at least one game this season.
LA Tech has passed the road test twice this season so far, winning at Grambling State and Ohio State. They will be put to the test again versus Memphis (3-2) who has a lot of experience in the starting lineup with four returning starters, but the Tigers have also infused seven talented freshman.
“Memphis is a very athletic team that excels at attacking the rim,” Konkol said. “They play with speed and are one of the best teams in the country at scoring in the paint and getting to the free throw line. We have a team who enjoys competition and each opponent we face presents a different set of challenges. We are excited about the opportunity to compete on the road again against a very good team.”
Memphis has dropped games to No. 8-ranked Oklahoma and UT Arlington, but is coming off an overtime victory against the Buckeyes.
They are led by Josh Pastner who has the second most wins of any Division I head coach under the age of 40. On the court, Memphis is led by the tandem of freshman forward Dedric Lawson (15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game) and senior forward Shaq Goodwin (12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game).
The two teams have each won two games in the series. The split a home-and-home during the 1952-53 season and traded wins in 2004 and 2005.
Fans can access live audio of the game 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), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport), KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill) and KJVC 92.7 (Mansfield). 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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