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Dec. 21, 2015

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON – For its final non-conference road trip of the season, Louisiana Tech heads to the Sunshine State to take on Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT inside Alico Arena.

The matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with J. Webb Horton and Dave Moulton calling the action.

For Alex Hamilton, Erik McCree, Jacobi Boykins, Dayon Griffin and Derric Jean – also known as the Florida Five – it is a return to palm trees and beaches. Four of the five have started each of the last four games and the other is the sixth man.

Anchoring LA Tech (9-2) thus far this season is the Chipley native Hamilton and the Orlando native McCree. The duo is one of just 12 scoring tandems in the country to both be averaging at least 17 points per game.

“Alex and Erik have been instrumental in leading our team,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “This is a new role for them and they have handled it well. They have produced on the floor at a high rate in multiple categories and have continued to work to improve in practice. Alex and Erik have great pride in this program and want to do everything they can to help the team.”

The two combined to score 40 in the Bulldogs most recent 83-76 win over the Southern Jaguars. McCree, named Conference USA Player of the Week, posted his third double-double of the season with a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds while Hamilton notched 19 points.

 

 

Their scoring has become almost automatic so building consistency on defense has been a top priority in both execution and effort. The last two road games have not turned out well, giving up an average of 96.5 points and high shooting percentages in two losses.

LA Tech will try to put a stop to that trend when they face Florida Gulf Coast (6-5) who recently posted victories over FIU and UMass but had that two-game winning streak snapped this past Saturday in a 56-52 home loss to South Dakota State.

FGCU has made a postseason appearance each of the last three seasons, most notably in 2013 when the 15th-seeded Eagles took the nation by storm in upsetting #2 Georgetown and #7 San Diego State en route to the NCAA Sweet 16.

“FGCU has experienced great success the past three years,” Konkol said. “They have challenged for their conference title each year and have been to the NCAA Tournament. They have an athletic and aggressive team this year that guards the ball hard and attacks the paint on offense.

The Eagles rank 19th in the country in rebounds per game (43.09) and third in three-point percentage defense (24.6).

Redshirt junior Marc-Eddy Norelia anchors the team with an average of 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. The forward has posted five double-doubles on the season, the most recent one coming against the Jackrabbits with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

This is the first ever meeting against FGCU on the hardwood, but the Bulldogs are familiar with the Fort Myers area. LA Tech played in and won the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase Tournament in 2013 which was held at the Germain Arena in nearby Estero.

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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