Dogs dominate; Techsters head to ULM

David Green scored a career-high 19 points and Kenneth Lofton, Jr., and Amorie Archibald each added 15 points in limited minutes to lift the Bulldogs to an 87-60 win over Texas Southern Wednesday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.

LA Tech (5-2) continued to click offensively, eclipsing 80+ points for the fifth straight game while scoring at all three levels – from the field (season-high 33 made field goals), from beyond the arc (10 made three-pointers) and from the foul line (went 11-of-13).

It was the defensive end though that head coach Eric Konkol wanted to see cranked up a notch, specifically in the rebounding category against one of the best rebounding teams in the country in Texas Southern (0-7). 

“I was very concerned coming into this game because of what Texas Southern has shown in games,” said Tech head coach Eric Konkol. “They have played some really good teams, been ahead at the half in four of them and come down to the wire in several.  Rebounding was the biggest concern. 

“We challenged our team to fight for every rebound out there.  I thought holding them to just three offensive rebounds in the first half was a huge measure of where we wanted to be.  And we took care of the basketball to help us build a good lead and were able to extend it in the second half.”

LA Tech ended up setting the tone on that end of the floor as well, holding the Tigers to just 23 first-half points to help take a 42-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

Lofton, Jr. was starting to take over, juking his defender with the ball to make a three-foot floater to give the ‘Dogs a 48-30 edge with 15:09 to play.  He immediately came out of the game due to injury, but the offense stayed in rhythm.

Archibald took over for a stretch, scoring seven straight points.  The advantage continued to grow with scoring from all Bulldogs, especially Green who’s fourth (out of five) three-pointer gave the home team their largest lead of the contest at 82-47 with 4:12 to go.

Green ended up scoring a team-high 19 points while Archibald and Lofton, Jr. each chipped in with 15.  LaDamien Bradford and Kenny Hunter were not far behind with eight apiece, combining to make all seven field goals.

LA Tech heads to the west coast to face Santa Clara on Saturday, Dec. 4.  Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. CT and will be streamed on the WCC Network.

Techsters at ULM Thursday

The Lady Techsters will travel I-20 Thursday to face ULM in the 57th meeting all-time between the two women’s basketball programs. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The game will also be streamed live on ESPN+.

Tech (4-2) leads the all-time series 47-9, including a 63-45 win over ULM last season in Ruston. Tech is 18-7 all-time against the Warhawks in Monroe.

The Lady Techsters are coming off a two-game split at the Rocky Mountain Classic with a 60-57 win over Boise State and a 58-49 loss to Colorado.

ULM (2-6) are undefeated at home this year, posting wins over Louisiana College and Centenary. The Warhawks dropped games to Stetson, New Mexico and Stephen F. Austin last weekend at the Van Chancellor Classic in Texas.

Photo: Sadie Patton

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