Feb. 26, 2016
GameDay Central | Game Notes
RUSTON ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢'Â¬" Louisiana Tech seniors Alex Hamilton and LeAntwan Luckett will don a Louisiana Tech jersey for the final time inside the Thomas Assembly Center as they will lead the Bulldogs into a Saturday night tilt versus Rice at 6 p.m.
For Luckett, it has been a season of contributing to a winning program after spending the first three years at Alcorn State. For Hamilton, it has been a storied career over the last four years, especially in the TAC where he features a record of 60-2.
The all-time winningest Bulldog has long dazzled LA Tech (21-7, 10-5 C-USA) fans with his 1,855 career points, 467 career assists and 204 career steals which all rank in the top five in program history, the only player ever to do so.
Not to mention there are the numerous free throw records the Chipley, Florida native holds, constantly sacrificing his body for the betterment of the team.
That was the case again this past Thursday when the guard played 43 minutes (out of 45) in the 73-62 overtime win over North Texas. Hamilton registered a team-high 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as LA Tech avenged an earlier loss to the Mean Green.
"I am very appreciative of Alex," head coach Eric Konkol said. "Going into his senior year and having a brand new coaching staff and really a brand new team in some ways, I think he has handled it all very well. He has been a leader. He has been motivated to have his best year. More than anything else, I feel like he has really bought into what we are trying to do and do whatever he can to help the team. That is what he is all about."
With the team's 15th home victory, the 'Dogs moved into a tie for third in the Conference USA standings with Middle Tennessee with three regular season games to go.
To stay in the hunt for a top-four seed in the C-USA Tournament, picking up win No. 16 in the TAC will be crucial and will be difficult as Rice (12-16, 7-8 C-USA) enters having won six of its last eight, including four straight after mounting a comeback to down Southern Miss, 76-74, on the road in overtime.
"Rice is scoring the basketball at an incredible clip," Konkol said. "They play very quick and they have some guys that can really score it. This is a scoring league. A lot of teams are scoring at a high rate and if you can defend and limit those scoring opportunities, you are going to give yourself a chance."
Leading the way in that game was Marcus Evans who tied his career high with 32 points. The freshman has already set the C-USA conference games only scoring record with 328 points. He is second in the league in scoring average with a 20.9 clip per contest.
The other part of the Owls scoring duo is Egor Koulechov who is averaging 16.8 points per game.
LA Tech got the better of Rice in Houston earlier this month, coming back from an eight-point deficit midway through the second half to win, 90-78. Hamilton was the key in that game, tying his career high with 31 points in what was the 'Dogs fifth straight victory over the Owls.
Fans can access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The game can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield). The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play while Jack Thigpen provides analysis.
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