Feb. 8, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech (20-5, 8-2 C-USA) defeated North Texas (11-12, 2-7 C-USA), 90-75, in front of 5,123 Bulldog fans Saturday night in the Thomas Assembly Center. The Bulldogs continue to sit at third place in the Conference USA standings, half a game out of first place.
With a 15-point victory over North Texas, it marks the first time the Bulldogs have had back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1990-91 and 1991-92. In 2012-13, LA Tech had 27 total wins.
LA Tech has won nine straight games over North Texas and is 11-1 at home versus the Mean Green all-time and 10-0 against them in the TAC. LA Tech leads the all-time series 19-7 over North Texas.
The Bulldogs are now 11-1 in home games this season.
When leading or tied with opponents at the halfway mark, Louisiana Tech is 19-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs have now won 29 of their last 30 games at home.
LA Tech is 9-0 on the season when scoring more than 90 points in a game.
Seventeen of the 20 wins this season by LA Tech have been by double digits.
Kenneth Smith recorded his third career double-double tonight, as the junior guard had 17 points to go along with 10 assists. All three career double-doubles have come this season for Smith.
Smith has 183 assists this season after totaling 10 tonight against North Texas. The junior record for assists in a single season is 186.
Michale Kyser's three blocks versus North Texas moved him up to third all-time in LA Tech history for blocks in a season. He has totaled 79 blocks thus far, which is third all-time above P.J. Brown (1990-91) and Paul Millsap (2005-06).
Smith also has 496 assists for his career. With 10 assists tonight, he moved into third place all-time in Bulldog history behind Wayne Smith (712 - 1982-86) and Lonnie Cooper (523 - 1995-99).
Kenyon McNeail led all scorers with 18 points, which gives him a career total of 989 points as a Bulldog. He is now 11 points shy of becoming the 36th member of the LA Tech 1,000-points club.
Smith had three steals tonight, which brings his season total to 61, to move him up to third all-time in Louisiana Tech history for steals in a season. Smith is eight steals shy of tying the all-time record, which is currently held by Willie Bland (1984-85).
Tonight's victory marks the ninth time the Bulldogs have scored at least 50 points in a half. LA Tech scored 53 points in the second half of the win over North Texas.
This is the ninth straight game Raheem Appleby has missed due to an ankle injury.
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