ATHENS, Ga. – Alex Hamilton scored 20 points and Louisiana Tech held a 26-point lead in the first half before holding off a late Georgia comeback for a 79-71 victory in the second round of the NIT on Saturday.
Louisiana Tech (29-7) made seven of its first eight 3-point attempts while taking a 39-13 lead. The key was the Bulldogs' defense, with 10 first-half steals, many forced by full-court pressure.
Georgia (20-14) regained its offensive composure in the second half and cut the lead to 72-66 with 1:08 remaining. Georgia's J.J. Frazier, who had 15 points, made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 74-71. The comeback ended there.
Louisiana Tech will play the winner of Monday's Georgetown-Florida State game in the quarterfinals.
Chris Anderson scored 18 points, Cordarius Johnson added 16 and Kenyon McNeail had 14 for Louisiana Tech.
Charles Mann had 13 points for Georgia.