Louisiana Tech Rounds Out Semis With Decisive Victory Over Charlotte

Alex Nicolas - MinerRush.com

La Tech put any doubters to bed early, and easily handled Charlotte 86-65 to advance into the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.

Louisiana Tech got 20 points from Michale Kyser, and another 19 from Alex Hamilton as they advanced past the 9th seeded Charlotte 49ers 86-65 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

The Bulldogs opened the game hot, jumping out to an early 11-5 lead, and would continue to put their foot on the gas for the rest of the half. A layup by Kyser with 10:50 left in the frame put the Bulldogs up 24-13, and they would extend that lead to as many as 14 before taking a 36-26 lead in the locker rooms.

Charlotte would score the first three points out of the break, cutting the deficit to just seven, but La Tech would go on an 16-5 run from there, blowing the lead and the game open to 52-36.

The 49ers wouldn't go quietly, but could never get the lead back to single digits, and would end up falling by a final score of 86-65.

The win advances the top seeded Bulldogs into the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament, where they will take on Southern Miss. That game is set to tip at 4:30 p.m. MT, and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

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