HOUSTON – The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night as the Bulldogs fell on the road to the Rice Owls by a final score of 88-81 inside Tudor Fieldhouse.
LA Tech (21-9, 13-4 C-USA) shot extremely well in the game, going 48 percent from the field and 52 percent from three-point range, but the difference was turnovers and free throws.
The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers, almost half of which came on travel calls, while Rice (20-9, 10-6 C-USA) only committed 12 and got to the free throw line 29 times, making 25 of them.
The team had their backs against the ropes, down by seven with less than six minutes to play, but the ‘Dogs went on a 7-0 run to tie the game up behind a slam dunk by Derric Jean and an acrobatic bucket and a fifth three-pointer by Jacobi Boykins to make it 73-73.
However, the Owls countered with an 8-0 run and were able to put the game away from the charity stripe.
Five Bulldogs scored in double figures – Boykins (17), Erik McCree (13), DaQuan Bracey (13), Jean (12) and Jalen Harris (12).
Rice was led by Marcus Evans who scored a game-high 26 points. Fifteen of those points came at the foul line. The home team had three other players in double figures as well.
LA Tech now returns home for its final game of the regular season. The Bulldogs will face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast by ASN. It will be Senior Day where the team will honor their three seniors – McCree, Qiydar Davis and Da’Shawn Robinson.