FRISCO, TX — It was always going to be a touch matchup for Old Dominion, the number one seed in this league tournament. Frisco is a long way to travel for a tournament and Louisiana Tech is a tough team to play, full of talented guys who came off an emotional comeback win the night before.
That kind of adversity can be overcome, especially by a team of this calibre. When it mattered most Ahmad Caver came up big. After missing the game-tying floater from the free throw line, he got the ball after an offensive rebound and fired with no hesitation.
Meanwhile, DaQuan Bracey, the very fun, very tough guard for Louisiana Tech had a rough game. He missed back-to-back free throws that could have put the Bulldogs up four. Instead, Caver was able to push his team into the lead after the three. Bracey, taking the in-bound pass was able to sprint to — of all places — the free throw line but his shot was too short, bouncing off the the rim and then off the backboard.
Tech lost a heartbreaker in a game that they looked to control for long periods of time. This is college basketball at its best and for Tech, its’ worst.
For ODU’s Player of the Year BJ Stith, it is a chance to redeem himself after an awful game. He began 1-9 and struggled to get anything going against the long arms oft he Tech defense.