Bulldogs snag road win; LSU women prevail, LSUS sweeps

TOP DOG: Kenneth Lofton Jr. led Louisiana Tech to its 18th win Thursday night at Charlotte.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Low turnovers and strong free throw shooting often key road wins. Add in stout defense in the closing minutes, and that’s what carried Louisiana Tech to an 82-77 Conference USA victory over Charlotte’s 49ers Thursday night.

The Bulldogs (18-6, 9-3) made a season-low five turnovers and sank 18 of 21 at the free throw line. Kenneth Lofton Jr. (18 points), Keaston Willis (16), Cobe Williams (15) and Amorie Archibald (14) fueled the Tech attack.

Charlotte (13-10, 6-5) hit its first six shots on the way to 54.5 percent shooting, led by Jahmir Young’s game-high 28 points.

WOMEN

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE 70, LSUS 54: The Lady Pilots (11-12, 6-5) fell in San Antonio despite the efforts of DeAuja Thompson’s 17 and Ciera Daniels’ 14 points. The Red River Athletic Conference first-place Lady Saints (13-10, 10-0) were led by Keyiona Barber’s 24 points.

LSU 73, GEORGIA 67: As Kim Mulkey’s first Tigers team reached the 20-win mark (20-4, 8-3 SEC), the 14th-ranked Tigers built a 20-point third-period lead and survived No. 17 Georgia’s rally to tie it at 62 with 2:25 to go. Alex Morris hit all six free throws in the final minute and topped the Tigers with 26 points, while backcourt mates Khayla Pointer posted 21 and Jailin Cherry added 18. Georgia (17-6, 6-5) sank 18 of 32 second-half shots in its comeback.

CHARLOTTE 59, LOUISIANA TECH 56: In Ruston, Conference USA leader Charlotte got back on top on a Molina Williams jumper with 56 seconds left, then survived the Lady Techsters’ comeback bid, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer that missed. Charlotte (13-7, 9-1) . Keiunna Walker had a game-high 22 points for Tech (14-9, 6-6), which had a four-game win streak halted, and Anna Larr Roberson added 20 points and eight boards.

HOUSTON BAPTIST 52, NORTHWESTERN STATE 42: A rash of second-half turnovers and another poor shooting night doomed the Lady Demons (9-10, 2-6 Southland), who dropped their fourth in a row. Visiting HBU (10-9, 6-2) held Northwestern to 20 percent aim after halftime. Candice Parramore’s 12 points led NSU, which overcame a 20-8 deficit to take the lead before getting outscored 32-18 in the final 20 minutes.

UTA 77, ULM 50: The Mavericks (15-5, 9-2 Sun Belt) drained 54 percent of their shots and allowed only 29.5 aim by the Warhawks (4-20, 0-10) in Arlington, Texas. UTA opened a 24-8 lead.

MEN

LSUS 87, OUR LADY OF THE LAKE 86: The Pilots (16-7, 9-2) got the Red River Athletic Conference road win as Leandre Washington had a game-high 27 points at San Antonio. Jeff Boyd had 18 and Akeem White and Kevin Norman both scored 14. The Saints (7-13, 2-8) were led by Joseph Anderson’s 22 points.

HOUSTON BAPTIST 76, NORTHWESTERN STATE 69: It looked like Northwestern State would cruise to a solid win, but the Demons (7-18, 3-5 Southland) committed seven straight turnovers to end the game and the visiting Huskies cashed in. HBU went on a game-ending 13-0 run over the final 5:32 after Northwestern led by 15 early after halftime. Captain Shreve’s Kendal Coleman had 18 points and 12 rebounds for NSU. Darius Lee’s 22 points led the visitors (8-13, 4-4).

ULM 74, UTA 71: Andre Jones scored 23 points with seven rebounds and six assists as the Warhawks (13-12, 5-8 Sun Belt) won their third straight, outlasting the visiting Mavericks (9-14, 5-7). Elijah Gonzales, who had a career-best 16 points, sank a pair of free throws with six seconds left and UTA’s tying 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark. David Azore, the league’s top scorer, poured in 29 for the Mavs.

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