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LA Tech Moves on in NIT Beats Texas A&M 84-72

Alex Hamilton scored 25 points and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs used a 49 point second half to run away from the Aggies.

Mike White called all the right shots on Monday night.
Mike White called all the right shots on Monday night.
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Louisiana Tech started 1-12 from behind the arc and got out-rebounded 23-14 in the first half by Texas A&M, but somehow the Bulldogs led at halftime 35-34.

Jalen Jones had 8 and Kourtney Roberson 7 in the first half for the Aggies, who went inside early and often against the Bulldogs.

While the outside shots weren't falling, LA Tech went inside to Michale Kyser, who had 8 points at halftime.

LA Tech trailed most of the first half, and at one point the Bulldogs were tied with the Aggies with 5 turnovers each. Three pointers by Speedy Smith and Quidar Davis, along with a couple of key forced turnovers, helped Tech take the lead. 

Smith hit two more three pointers early in the second half and the Bulldogs jumped out to a 49-41 lead, capped off by a three from Xavian Stapleton.

LA Tech kept applying the pressure and with nine minutes to go, the Bulldogs led 60-49. Smith hit another three as the shot clock was closing down to keep the Bulldogs in control. 

Texas A&M went back to Roberson inside and cut the lead to six, but two three-pointers by Jacobi Boykins gave LA Tech a 68-56 lead. With 3:59 to go, the Bulldogs led 71-59.