LA Tech earns first road win of season at FAU

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Louisiana Tech was down four with less than four minutes to go. They were also down two starters again as well as being on another team’s floor, a place they had not won this season.

That changed on Thursday night as the Bulldogs went on a 14-1 run to help close out a 67-62 victory over Florida Atlantic inside FAU Arena to extend their winning streak to four.

“We were going to need some stops and I thought the team really increased their intensity level,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “We felt like they were going to go inside so we wanted to keep it out of the paint and force some contested shots.

“The real key part was we were able to rebound the basketball down the stretch and limit the second-chance opportunities. On the other end, we were able to stay in attack mode, make some shots and convert at the foul line.”

LA Tech (14-9, 5-5 C-USA) was also able to overcome arguably their worst offensive performance in the first half, being held to just 22 points while shooting 25 percent from the field.

They also had to overcome a strong Florida Atlantic (10-12, 4-6 C-USA) defense that was glued to sharpshooter Jacobi Boykins all night. The senior was only able to get off two three-point field goal attempts the entire night.

Leading the charge in the comeback win was Amorie Archibald. The freshman point guard had zero points and one assist in the first half.

The Florida native, with a large group of family and friends in the stands, went off for 15 points and four assists in the second stanza. He made seven of those points during the ‘Dogs 14-1 late run, making five crucial free throws from the free throw line.

“I feel like I keep saying this, but he really grew up tonight,” Konkol said. “He has grown game after game. With this one being on the road and not getting off to a good start, we kept chipping away and he kept finding his spots and kept finding his teammates. He knocked down some free throws down the stretch. He had a really mature performance.”

The Bulldogs erupted for 45 second-half points while shooting 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.

They were able to get another big performance by another Floridian Derric Jean who had a game-high 16 points. Oliver Powell was the third Bulldog in double figures with 12 points. Jy’lan Washington came off the bench to score seven and pull down a career-high 11 boards, helping the team outrebound the Owls 37-35 for the game.

“We really simplified the playbook,” Konkol said. “I felt like I needed to just get out of their way in a sense and try to take advantage of the way they were guarding us. Really, we tried to just keep it very simple and let the guys play with a free mind and attack. I wanted them to keep driving it downhill.”

LA Tech was up by as much as six, 16-10, in the first half before FAU went on a 12-0 run. The Owls had a 28-22 edge at halftime and built as much as an eight-point lead in the game, led by Jailyn Ingram who scored 16.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Feb. 3 when they make the short trip from Boca Raton to Miami to take on the FIU Panthers. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.

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