Dogs earn road sweep; Techsters stumble at home

SAN ANTONIO – Amorie Archibald poured in a career-high 31 points to propel Louisiana Tech to a 79-63 victory over UTSA on Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center.

LA Tech (13-3, 4-0 C-USA) extended its winning streak to five and remained perfect in Conference USA play, sweeping the UTEP/UTSA trip for just the third time ever. 

“Amorie was special today,” said Tech head coach Eric Konkol. “He has played at a high level in so many games this season and in his career.  He can do a little bit of everything.  Today, he shot the cover off the basketball. 

“We played a low turnover game.  Coming off of Thursday’s game when we turned it over so much, we talked so much about taking care of the basketball today.  It took us a little bit to figure out their zone, but the guys did a nice job of hitting the elbows, making some nice passes out of the post.  The team played very unselfishly and found some great shots.”

Both teams traded early runs and found themselves tied up at 16-16 midway through the first half.  And just like against the Miners on Thursday, the Bulldogs kicked things into another gear offensively the rest of the stanza, making 10 of their next 15 field goal attempts to build a 40-26 halftime lead.

Archibald and Cobe Williams combined for 26 points in the first half.  The fifth-year senior made six of his seven shot attempts through the first 20 minutes and he stayed on fire, making back-to-back-to-back three-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half, forcing a timeout by UTSA (7-9, 0-3 C-USA) to give the ‘Dogs a 51-30 advantage.

The lead ballooned to as much as 23 (67-44) at the 9:34 mark when David Green threw down a two-handed dunk. 

LA Tech shot 48.4 percent from the field (48.4) and 50.0 percent from three (14-28) while committing only seven turnovers and racking up 19 assists.  Archibald went 12-of-14 from the field and made all six of his three-pointers, becoming just the second player in program history to go 6-of-6 from deep.

Williams was efficient again, finishing in double-figures for the fifth straight game with 15 (career-high five threes).  Kenneth Lofton, Jr. registered his ninth double-double of the season (third straight) with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds as well as a career-high five assists.

The Roadrunners shot 42.4 percent from the field and were limited to just five made three-pointers.  Jordan Ivy-Curry scored a team-high 22 points.

Southern Miss 65, Lady Techsters 59

RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team fell to Southern Miss Sunday afternoon 65-59 in the Lady Techsters Conference USA home opener inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Lady Techsters fall to 8-6 on the year and 0-3 in Conference USA action, while Southern Miss improves to 9-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

“I thought we started the game and the third quarter well, but we lost it there late in the fourth quarter,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “We fouled to much defensively in the fourth quarter that allowed them to shoot to many free throws.

We didn’t turn the basketball over and we outrebounded them, but we put them on the free throw line too many times and couldn’t convert on the offensive end of the floor late in the game. We got a lot of good looking in transition but we had those stretches where it seemed like we couldn’t finish our shots. This team is young and we have to mature and grow from this.”

Four Lady Techsters knocked down shots as they opened up the contest with an 8-2 run just four minutes into the game. Tech extended their lead out to 14-7 as junior Keiunna Walker made a pair of free throws, for her 1,000th career point. The Golden Eagles responded with six straight points, cutting the deficit down to 14-13 with 42 second remaining in the opening period. Walker drove the lane, finishing at the rim to give LA Tech a 16-13 lead after the first quarter.

Southern Miss took their first lead of the afternoon at 17-16, as Macy Weaver scored the first four points of the second period. Their lead did last long as sophomore Salma Bates dialed up a three and sophomore Anna Larr Roberson as well as senior Jadona Davis knocked down mid-range jumpers pushing the Lady Techsters lead out to 25-19 with 4:03 to play in the second quarter. The Golden Eagle answered with a 10-4 run of the own to even the score up at 29-29 as the teams headed into the locker room. 

Similar to the opening period, the Lady Techsters used an 8-2 run to take a 37-31 advantage just three minutes into the quarter. The Golden Eagles once again responded with an 8-2 run of their own to level the score at 39-39 with 1:06 remaining in the frame. Walker beat the buzzer with another driving layup, giving Tech a 41-39 lead after three quarters of play.

Both teams traded baskets before a 10-0 surge by the Golden Eagles put them out in front 57-49 with 55 seconds remaining. With Tech forced to foul, Southern Miss knocked down eight of their last ten free throws to seal the 65-59 victory.

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