HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Terran and Cobe Williams scored a combined 36 points as the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team nailed their first road win of the season, beating Alabama A&M by a final score of 80-75 at the newly opened A&M Venue on Wednesday night.
LA Tech (3-2) managed to surpass its 23 turnovers by sinking a season-high 13 three-pointers. Six of those came from Terran Williams, who posted 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 street dogs a 76-67 advantage with 1:30 left.
However, Alabama A&M (0-5) never went away and kept the deficit within 10 points as they were behind most of the night. The home dogs made it very interesting late on, dropping three straight threes to reduce the deficit to three at 78-75 with just 17 seconds remaining.
Terran Williams made another big showing, knocking down two free throws to thwart the game.
LA Tech connected with nine triples (from 12 field goals scored) in the first 20 minutes alone, which helped give them a slim 35-33 advantage at halftime.
Six quick points early in the second verse forced a timeout from Alabama A&M. They countered with six straight points of their own to go back to two at 41-39.
The other Williams, Cobe, took control of the competition. He scored 14 of his 16 points in the back half, along with six assists and four steals, and helped LA Tech extend its biggest lead to 10 on four separate occasions.
For the game, LA Tech shot 50.0 percent from the field (29-58), 44.8 percent from distance (13-29), and 69.2 percent from the foul line (9-13). Keaston Willis was the third Bulldog to score double digits with 11. He also grabbed eight team-high rebounds.
A&M couldn’t match LA Tech’s field goals, but they made 10 more free throws. Hicks ended with a game-high 22 points for the home team
Head coach Talvin Hester
“Our turnovers were self-inflicted. I think we’re not basic enough. At the end of the day they didn’t get into the fast lane, we just threw the ball wide. We need to be more basic and do the easy play, not the home run play. We will learn and grow from it. Proud of the boys who fought in the streets.”
• LA Tech now leads the all-time series against Alabama A&M 1-0 after winning their first meeting.
• LA Tech claimed their 24th consecutive win against a SWAC opponent, a streak dating back to 2007.
• The Bulldogs had a season-high 13 three-pointers.
• Terran Williams came off the bench to a career-high 20 points. It is his second straight game in which he scores in double digits. He is the third different Bulldog to lead the team in a game this season.
• Cobe Williams has scored in double figures in all four games this season and has 16 points tonight.
• Keaston Willis was the team’s top rebounder with eight points (he anchored the squad in rebounding for the third time this season).
• Jordan Crawford continued his streak of at least three assists in every game this season (had five).
• Cobe Williams capped a career-best four steals. He also had a season best with six assists.
LA Tech will be back in action on Friday, November 25 when they meet Samford in Birmingham, Alabama. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
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