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Tech’s freshmen duo pushes Bulldogs past North Texas

February 4, 2018

 

MICHAEL LOVETT
Staff Reporter | mdl034@latech.edu

 

 

The Dunkin’ Dogs used career high performances from two of their freshmen to squeak past North Texas on last Thursday night in the Thomas Assembly Center.

 

Freshmen Anthony Duruji and Amorie Archibald each scored careers highs of 25 and 21, making up almost 70 percent of the team’s offense, as the Bulldogs came away with a 66-65 win.

 

Duruji made two clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the victory with under a second left in the game.

 

Coming into the contest, the Bulldogs had seven games decided by four points or less, and they only won two of those.

 

“I believe our guys were able to make plays when we needed to,” said Tech coach Eric Konkol.

 

“I just think we were able to step up defensively and get stops when they were critical,” said Duruji. “Those stops were able to help get us over the hump.”

 

With starting point guard DaQuan Bracey out for the third time this season with a back injury, Archibald did not waste the opportunity to once again step up and perform.

 

“I was telling myself just play hard and give everything I have,” Archibald said. “I don’t care about points or assists or anything, I just want to win and carry my team as a point guard is supposed to.”

 

Duruji has emerged as a key contributor for the Bulldogs and has become a regular starter in the lineup for Konkol and Co.

 

“I feel like my confidence is growing,” Duruji said. “I’m getting more comfortable and gaining more trust from Coach, so I’m not afraid to make mistakes and and worry about coach taking me out.”

 

Archibald and fellow freshman Exavian Christon have seen significant role increases since sophomore guard Jalen Harris’ departure from the team.

 

However, Archibald said he does not consider his role to be getting bigger; he said he is only doing what is necessary to help his team improve and keep winning games.

 

“I don’t feel my role is getting bigger than being the floor general,” he said. “I’m just playing basketball and doing what I need to do for my team to win.”

 

When asked about his career night, Duruji had this to say.

 

“I was just playing my game and was trying to be aggressive offensively,” he said. “After I knocked down a couple of shots early my confidence grew and my teammates kept encouraging me to keep shooting the ball from the three.”

 

The Bulldogs one more home game left of a three game home stand after they beat the Rice Owls Jan. 20 and will now face the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles on Saturday.

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