@LATechHoops Faces Ole Miss on SEC Network
Dec. 14, 2015
RUSTON – Non-conference play rolls on for Louisiana Tech as they cross the state line to face Ole Miss on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. inside the C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum.
The matchup can be seen on the SEC Network or on WatchESPN with Tom Hart and Kyle Macy calling the action.
LA Tech (8-1) had yet another casualty (LeAntwan Luckett) pop up this past Saturday, but that did not stop the Bulldogs from extending the nation’s second longest home winning streak and getting off to their best start since 1989.
Forced to play with just eight scholarship players, the ‘Dogs recorded their fourth comeback win of the season by taking down in-state foe Louisiana-Lafayette, 91-79.
“Our players have been committed to doing whatever they can to help their team,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “We have asked them to expand their role, play a new position, or modify a game plan to help the team be successful. The injured players have been tremendous supporters of their teammates and that kind of enthusiasm is invaluable.”
Down four at intermission, the Bulldogs stormed back in the second half by scoring 58 points. Alex Hamilton, honored as the Conference USA Player of the Week, lit up the stat sheet with a season-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
Erik McCree poured in 25 points, but the surprise outburst on offense came from Dayon Griffin, starting in place of the injured Luckett, who recorded a career-high 22 points, shooting 9-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.
It marked the first time since Dec. 5, 2009 that three Bulldogs scored at least 20 points in a single game.
“Dayon has become stronger, more efficient, and is focused on helping the team,” Konkol said about the rising sophomore. “We have asked him to play four different positions during this season and his versatility has been a real asset. His game and confidence is growing from the positive moments he has had this year.”
Griffin’s strong effort will be needed again on Tuesday taking on Ole Miss (7-2) who has won its last four games, including the most recent victory at Southeast Missouri. Senior guard Stefan Moody scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Rebels.
“Moody is an elite athlete with a scorers mentality,” Konkol said. “He can create a shot for himself at will and can score all over the floor. Ole Miss has a talent mix of players who complement each other well. They have bigs that can space the floor and their entire team can really rebound.”
A first team All-SEC selection last season, Moody is currently averaging 23.6 points per game which ranks 10th in the country. The other scoring threat is Sebastian Saiz who averages 12.4 points as well as 9.8 rebounds.
They are led by Andy Kennedy who is the all-time winningest head coach in Ole Miss history. He has taken the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament twice in the past three years.
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), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill). 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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