Lofton-less Dogs down Pilots

Four Louisiana Tech players scored in double figures, led by David Green who had a career-high 21 points, to help the Bulldogs win, 84-70, over NAIA foe LSU-Shreveport on Tuesday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. 

Tech played without leading scorer and rebounder Kenneth Lofton, Jr., who sat in an effort to continue to heal up from early season wear and tear.

“I was hoping to have a much better defensive performance than we had today,” said Tech head coach Eric Konkol. “There are a number of things I could point to.  One was overall effort and energy.  I knew we had a team coming in here that shoots a lot of threes. 

“LSU-Shreveport hurt us in a number of areas.  I thought we found a very energetic group [in the second half].  It was a group of guys that played with great juice and they helped us go on a run and win the game.”

It was LA Tech’s (8-2) fourth straight overall win and 14th straight home win, but it did not come easy.  After getting back-to-back three-point plays by Cobe Williams and Keaston Willis to go up 45-32 early in the second half, LSU-Shreveport (6-5) went on a 13-0 run to tie things up at 45-all with 12:57 to play in the game.

After the two teams traded baskets, the Bulldogs found their offensive rhythm, going on a 16-1 run that was sparked by the three ball.  Amorie Archibald, Kaleb Stewart and C. Williams combined for four straight three-pointers during the stretch (team was just 6-of-23 from beyond the arc up until then).

The ‘Dogs ended up making 13 of their final 17 field goal attempts over the final 12+ minutes of the game to pull away from the Pilots. 

Green scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half to help LA Tech hold a 37-27 halftime advantage.  Archibald added a season-high 19 points while Stewart tacked on a career-high 12 and C. Williams scored 11. 

LSUS had five players in double figures, led by Quentin Jones who finished with 18. 

The Battle in Bossier City between Louisiana Tech and LSU takes place on Saturday, Dec. 18 inside Brookshire Arena.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. 

Photo: Sadie Patton

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