LA Tech dominates A&M Corpus Christi in season opener

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Bulldogs Dominate Islanders in Season Opener

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It was a complete team effort and complete domination for Louisiana Tech in the 2019-20 season opener, overpowering Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by a final score of 82-49 on Wednesday night inside American Bank Center.

It marked the largest season-opening win on the road for LA Tech (1-0) in program history and the largest road win since 2013. All 11 Bulldogs that played scored, four of them scoring in double figures.

“I’ve always looked at it as being a total team effort, trying to play deeper with a lot of great pace,” said head coach Eric Konkol. “I like the mixture of guys we have on this team, being able to play small and big.”

“Winning in the paint was a big part of the game plan. Corpus Christi does a good job of limiting penetration to the paint and they have some hard-playing, physical guys. On the defensive end, I thought we did a good job of keeping the ball out of the paint. Offensively, I thought the guys had a really good presence of finding the next guy and getting us good shots.”

Through five minutes of action, the game was knotted up at 7-7. The ‘Dogs then got back-to-back three-pointers by Derric Jean and DaQuan Bracey and ran away with it from that point forward.

The lead gradually increased throughout the first half with LA Tech ending up with a 38-20 edge at the midway point.

After Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-1) made just its second triple of the game to get the deficit down to 15 at 40-25, the Bulldogs went on a 16-0 run that included three straight makes from downtown by three different players – Kalob Ledoux, Bracey and Xaiver Armstead.

The game was never in doubt as the ‘Dogs, who shot exactly 50 percent from the field in both halves (15-of-30 in the first and 16-of-32 in the second), led by as much as 37.

They led in several statistical categories to make it happen, including outscoring the Islanders 26-1 on points from turnovers as they forced 18 and had a plus-nine turnover margin. They also had 15 fastbreak points.

“We have talked a lot since the summer about winning the turnover margin and how important that is,” said Konkol. “That is one of the most important things I’m looking for with this team. Try to win that turnover margin and then be really competitive on the glass. It was key for us tonight.”

Bulldogs won big in the paint too with a plus-three rebounding margin and scoring 38 paint points to the Islanders 16.

Bracey ended up leading the way in scoring with 14 points to go along with a game-high six assists. Ledoux had 13 points, hitting three three-pointers. JaColby Pemberton registered 11 points and a game-high seven boards. And Jean notched 10 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting night to go along with five boards, three assists and three steals.

Corpus Christi shot 36 percent from the field (16-45) with Jashawn Talton leading the way with 14 points.

LA Tech will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 when they host Wiley College. The home opener will tip off at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

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