Bulldogs host ULM; Techsters prevail

Louisiana Tech hosts I-20 foe ULM tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center in the final game of the Lanky Wells Classic presented by the Dawghouse Sports Grill.

It will be the 91st meeting all-time between the two programs with Tech having won eight straight. The Bulldogs are 15-0 all-time against ULM at the TAC.

The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM with Malcolm Butler (PxP) and Jack Thigpen (Color) providing the call of the action. The pregame show starts at 6 p.m. Fans can also watch it streamed live with a paid subscription to CUSA.tv.

LA Tech (3-1) grabbed its first road win of the season this past Friday with a convincing 83-64 win at Northwestern State.  The Demons scored the first two points of the game, but the Bulldogs responded with a 15-0 run and had the lead in double figures the rest of the way.

 Kenneth Lofton, Jr. and Amorie Archibald each recorded a season-high 17 points in the win.  For Lofton, Jr., it was his second straight double-double (and 11th of his career) as he also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.  Archibald connected on three triples, helping him move up to 29th on LA Tech’s all-time career scoring list.  

Keaston Willis made his first career start as a Bulldog, netting 15 points.  The Incarnate Word transfer has registered 15+ points in three of the four games this season. 

All three of these Bulldogs are averaging double-digit points with Lofton leading the way at 13.5 points and 9.8 boards per contest.  Archibald (11.3) and Willis (12.8) have combined to make 18 of the team’s 33 three-pointers.

After losing big on the road to SEC opponents LSU and Auburn, ULM (2-2) has won big against Champion Christian (114-59) and Northwestern State (96-66). 

Six Warhawks scored in double figures in the 30-point victory over the Demons.  They ended up forcing 25 turnovers and racked up 15 steals in the blowout.  They are averaging 12.0 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the country.

Eight different ULM players are averaging at least seven points per game.  Leading the charge are Trey Boston at 13.0 points and Andre Jones at 10.8 points per game. 

Techsters 77, Nicholls State 48

Keiunna Walker scored 18 points to lead Louisiana Tech to a 77-48 win over Nicholls State Monday night at the TAC.

The Lady Techsters improved to 3-1 on the season with the win, while Nicholls State fell to 2-3 overall with the loss.

“I liked our energy and effort to start the third quarter,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “We were a little sloppy and loose in the first half.  I am really proud of the way the group competed in the second half. We have to be consistent with our concentration for 40 minutes. We will continue to focus on sustaining that effort and consistency with this young group early in the season.”

A slow opening frame saw the Lady Techsters stretch the scoreboard on back-to-back three’s by sophomore Salma Bates. Bates’ threes ignited an 8-2 run, giving the Lady Techsters a 19-12 lead at the end of the first period.

The second quarter saw the Colonels and the Lady Techsters trade baskets early on. A trio of layups by sophomore’s Lotte Sant and Anna Larr Roberson and freshman Amaya Brannon, pushed the Lady Techsters lead to 33-23 at the break.

LA Tech held Nicholls State at bay, as the Lady Techsters forced seven turnovers to spark a 13-0 run, giving Tech a 46-23 lead with 7:59 left in the third quarter. The Colonels cut the deficit down to 50-35 with 3:16 left in the period, but back-to-back layups by Roberson and Brannon extended the Lady Techsters lead to 60-41 at the end of the third.

The Lady Techsters opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 flurry as six different Lady Techsters scored to help give Tech as 73-43 advantage. Senior Jadona Davis closed out the scoring for Tech as the Lady Techsters claimed the victory 77-48.

The Lady Techsters will travel to Boulder, Colo. to take part in the Colorado Thanksgiving Classic. The Lady Techsters will square off with Boise State on Friday at 3 p.m. CT before matching up with Colorado on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT.

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