RUSTON — Alex Hamilton, Erik McCree and Dayon Griffin combined to score 46 of Louisiana Tech’s 58 points in the second half as the Bulldogs rallied from a 10-point deficit to post a 91-79 victory over the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Hamilton scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out eight assists for Louisiana Tech (8-1), which shot 55 percent (18-for-33) in the second half after trailing 37-33 at halftime. McCree finished with 25 points, with Griffin adding 22 points after going 9-of-10 from the floor and 4-for-4 from behind the 3-point line.
UL-Lafayette (3-4), which led for the first 30 minutes, took a 53-43 lead with 14:18 remaining. The Bulldogs then scored five straight points as Griffin made a 3-pointer and McCree scored on a layup. After a bucket by Shawn Long gave the Ragin’ Cajuns a 55-48 lead, Tech scored the next 11 points for a 59-55 advantage with 9:42 left.
After the Ragin’ Cajuns forced three ties down the stretch, the last on a pair of free throws by Kasey Shepherd that knotted the score at 63 with 7:19 remaining, the Bulldogs took the lead for good as McCree and Hamilton scored sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Jacobi Boykins to push the lead to 70-63.
UL-Lafayette, the last team to defeat Louisiana Tech on its home floor in the past 56 games dating to 2012, scored the game’s first seven points and held Tech without a field goal for the first five minutes.
Shepherd tied a career-high for the Cajuns, scoring 22 points with a season-high four 3-pointers. Johnathan Stove added a season-high 15 points for the Ragin’ Cajuns, with Jay Wright finishing with 12 points and Long adding nine and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Cajuns return to action at 8 p.m. Tuesday at UCLA in Pauley Pavilion.