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Hamilton’s 38, Jean’s half-court heave win it for La. Tech

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Alex Hamilton had a career-high 38 points, Derric Jean hit the game-winning 3 from half court as time expired and Louisiana Tech beat Marshall 97-94 on Thursday night.

Jean took the inbounds pass from the baseline with 3.3 seconds, drove up the right sideline and pulled up with his feet touching the half-court line.

Hamilton added six assists and four steals and achieved the highest scoring total for the Louisiana Tech (23-7, 12-5 Conference USA) program since Karl Malone in 1983.

The Bulldogs trailed 93-89 when Hamilton scored back-to-back, a 3-pointer and a jumper, to put them in front 94-93. Marshall’s James Kelly missed the first foul shot and made the second to tie it with 3.3 seconds left.

Erik McCree had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Dayon Griffin added 18 points and Jean scored 10 for Louisiana Tech.

Kelly led the Thundering Herd (15-15, 11-4) with 27 points.