RUSTON – Louisiana Tech basketball controlled Wednesday’s game from the outset en route to a dominant 96-74 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
The Bulldogs (4-1) controlled the game against the visiting Warhawks (2-3), particularly in the backcourt.
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Sophomore captain Cobe Williams finished with 14 points, including 11 in the first half. He had three steals to go along with four assists.
“Cobe Williams is the engine of this team,” coach Eric Konkol said. “He pulls us. His energy, his speed, his defensive presence on the basketball, it really is a catalyst for our entire group. He’s a guy that we count on.”
Along with Williams in the backcourt is sophomore Keaston Willis, who transferred from Incarnate Word.
Since joining the Bulldogs, after earning Southland freshman of the year honors, Willis has taken on the role of a sharpshooter. He scored a team-high 22 points Wednesday, hitting 7 of 12 3-pointers.
“He’s fit in seamlessly with our guys,” Konkol said. “Great, great addition just as a person, but he’s got a serious weapon from three.”
Amorie Archibald also got into the mix. Archibald exercised his extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to COVID-19 to come back for a fifth year with the Bulldogs. He is continuing to prove himself, with 17 points and five assists against ULM.
“We’ve got a number of guys who’ve experienced a lot of things in this program,” Konkol said. “Amorie Archibald and Exavian Christon have both been here five years… They can help shepherd along everyone else, especially the younger guys.”
“Our mindset is to attack each day,” Konkol said. “Being great is being consistently really good, and that’s an everyday mentality.”
The added firepower gives Louisiana Tech options around star Kenneth Lofton Jr., who had a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double in the win.
Koreem Ozier scored 18 points to lead ULM, which shot just 5-for-25 from 3-point range.
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