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Bulldogs battle back to beat UAB

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Left photo: Tech senior guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith set the team’s assists record in Thursday’s win but also scored seven points, including a 3-pointer on this shot. Right photo: Bulldogs redshirt sophomore Erik McCree (2) poured in a career-best 26 points Thursday night to lead Louisiana Tech past UAB, 74-71.

Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team prides itself on defensive play.

Fortunately, the Dunkin’ Dogs can get offensive, too.

And maybe even more fortunately, they have senior guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith spearheading both their offensive and defensive efforts.

Both of those factors played big roles Thursday as the Bulldogs remained undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play as they rallied from behind for a 74-71 win over Alabama-Birmingham before a crowd of 3,815 at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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