HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Terran and Cobe Williams combined for 36 points as the Louisiana Tech Men’s Basketball team picked up its first road win of the season, defeating Alabama A&M by a final score of 80-75 on Wednesday night at the newly opened facility. A&M Event Center.
LA Tech (3-2) overcame its 23 turnovers by sinking a season-high 13 3-pointers. Six of those came from Terran Williams, who scored a career-high 20 points. Five of those deep balls came in the first half, but the sixth was the biggest as it gave the road ‘Dogs a 76-67 advantage with 1:30 left.
Alabama A&M (0-5) never went away, however, and kept the deficit to 10 points as they were outplayed almost all night. The home ‘Dogs made it very interesting late, draining back-to-back threes to cut the deficit to three at 78-75 with just 17 seconds left.
Terran Williams stepped up again and knocked down two free throws down the ice.
LA Tech connected on nine threes (out of 12 field goals made) in the first 20 minutes alone, helping them take a slim 35-33 halftime advantage.
Six quick points to start the second stanza forced a timeout by Alabama A&M. They countered with six straight points of their own to get back within two at 41-39.
The other Williams, Cobe, began to take control of the competition. He scored 14 of his 16 points in the back half, along with six assists and four steals, helping LA Tech push its biggest lead to 10 on four separate occasions.
In the LA Tech game, he shot 50.0 percent from the field (29-58), 44.8 percent from long range (13-29) and 69.2 percent from the foul line (9-13). Keaston Willis was the third Bulldog to score in double figures with 11. He also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
A&M couldn’t match LA Tech’s field goals, but they made 10 more free throws. Hicks finished with a game-high 22 points for the home team
Head Coach Talvin Hester
“Our turnovers were self-inflicted. I think we are not funded enough. At the end of the day, they weren’t getting into passing lanes, we were just throwing balls out of bounds. We have to be more fundamental and make the easy game, not the home game. We will learn and grow from it. I’m proud of the guys for fighting on the road.”
• LA Tech now leads the series over Alabama A&M 1-0 after winning the first-ever meeting.
• LA Tech picked up its 24th straight win over a SWAC opponent, a streak that dates back to 2007.
• The Bulldogs connected on a season-high 13 triples.
• Terran Williams came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points. It’s his second straight game with double-digit scoring. He is the third Bulldog to lead the team in scoring in a game this season.
• Cobe Williams has scored in double figures in all four games he’s played in this season and had 16 points tonight.
• Keaston Willis was the team’s leading rebounder with eight points (he anchored the team in rebounding for the third time this season).
• Jordan Crawford continued his streak of at least three assists in every game this season (he had five).
• Cobe Williams tied his career high with four catches. He also had a season-high six assists.
LA Tech will return to action on Friday, November 25th when they take on Samford in Birmingham, Alabama. Tipoff is set for 2pm CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
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