Feb. 15, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech (21-5, 9-2 C-USA) defeated Conference USA mate Rice (6-18, 2-9 C-USA), 85-46, Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
LA Tech leads the all-time series over Rice, 8-5. The Owls have won the past two meetings prior to the Bulldogs' win tonight.
LA Tech has now won 11 straight games at home and 30 of the last 31 games at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Chris Anderson recorded his second career double-double tonight against Rice with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Both of his career double-doubles have come this year for Anderson.
With 11 assists tonight, Kenneth Smith is now the third Bulldog player with 500 assists in his Louisiana Tech career. He now has 507 career assists as a Bulldog.
Smith also broke the junior record for assists in a single season tonight with a season total of 194 assists in 2013-14.
With 17 points vs. Rice, Kenyon McNeail has now reached 1,000 career points scored as a Bulldog, which makes him the 36th LA Tech player to achieve that feat.
The Bulldogs held Rice to 17 points in the first half, which is the lowest Tech has allowed in a half this season. It is also the third time this season LA Tech has held an opponent to less than 20 points in a half.
Louisiana Tech is now 18-0 this season when forcing at least 15 turnovers by an opponent in a game. This is the fifth time this season and the 22nd time since Mike White came to Louisiana Tech that the Bulldogs have forced 20 or more turnovers. Rice had 23 turnovers as a team.
With two steals on the night, Kenneth Smith moved into sole possession of second place in Bulldog history for most steals in a single season. He has a total of 63 steals this season.
Kenneth Smith has now had at least nine assists eight of the last nine games.
This is the second time this season the Bulldogs have held an opponent under 50 points. LA Tech held Rice to 46 points on the night. Previously, Tech held Tulane to 45 points earlier this season.