Dogs win; Techsters fall vs. Rice

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Bulldogs 80, Rice 63

Louisiana Tech got back into the win column on Thursday night with an 80-63 victory over Rice inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

LA Tech (16-4, 7-1 C-USA) was balanced offensively, getting double-digit scoring from four Bulldogs to help the team shoot 48.5 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three and 100 percent from the foul line.

“Happy to bounce back,” said Tech head coach Eric Konkol. “I thought our guys were locked in all week, just getting back to work and try to get better.  To see six turnovers as a team really makes me happy.  Being able to take care of the basketball and I thought the guys shared the ball really well. 

“Rice is a very tough cover.  To hold them to four three-pointers was really something we were hoping to do.  We took a couple of runs from them, but responded and came away with a very good conference win.” 

Defensively, the ‘Dogs clamped down on a lethal shooting team in Rice (11-8, 4-4 C-USA).  The Owls came into Ruston ranked in the top 10 in the country in three-point shooting, but were limited to just four made triples on 26 attempts.

Rice started the game strong, making five of their first seven shots to go up 11-6 early.  After four ties over the next eight minutes, LA Tech held a 23-22 lead before closing the half on a 21-7 run (including three triples by Cobe Williams) to take a 44-29 edge into the locker room.

The Owls made a few runs in the second half, including a 7-0 run to get to within 10 at the 3:18 mark.  However, Kenneth Lofton, Jr. followed with back-to-back buckets down low and then Keaston Willis followed those with a dagger three-pointer from the corner.

Lofton, Jr. registered his 11th double-double of the season with a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds.  Williams (17), Amorie Archibald (15) and Willis (10) were the other three Bulldogs in double figures.

Rice, who shot just 32.8 percent from the field, was anchored by Quincy Olivari who had 18 points and 10 boards.

Tech hosts North Texas Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will pit two teams with identical 7-1 league records.

Rice 72, Lady Techsters 64

Anna Larr Roberson and Keiunna Walker each scored 16 points but Louisiana Tech’s defensive effort was subpar as the Lady Techsters fell 72-64 at Rice last night.

Tech (10-8, 2-5 C-USA) held a 16-13 lead late in the first quarter before the Owls used a 29-14 run to end the first half and take a 42-30 halftime lead. The Owls hit 7-of-13 three-pointers in the first half.

The Lady Techsters trailed by double figures for the vast majority of the third and fourth quarters but made a late charge, cutting the Rice lead down to 60-56 with just over five minutes to play. However, Rice pushed the advantage back out to 10 and Tech never got closer than six the rest of the way.

The Lady Techsters will travel to Denton to face North Texas Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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