Dec. 4, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech vs. UL-Lafayette Post-Game Notes (Dec. 4, 2013)
Despite tonight's 89-80 loss to UL-Lafayette, LA Tech continues to lead the series over the Ragin' Cajuns 86-72 with the last meeting before tonight's contest resulting in a 61-59 Bulldog victory Nov. 15, 2008 in Lafayette, La.
The series between LA Tech and ULL is the oldest rivalry in Bulldog history and dates back to the first ever basketball season for LA Tech in 1926. The Bulldogs played the Ragin' Cajuns twice that season, winning both contests.
UL-Lafayette stretched its winning streak to four games, with its latest win before tonight coming over Northwestern State at home.
Tonight's loss snapped the Bulldogs 19-game home winning streak in the Thomas Assembly Center. Before tonight's game, the Bulldogs had not lost at home since the 2011-12 season, which was the fifth longest active home streak in the country behind only Missouri (22), Duke (22), Florida (20) and Stephen F. Austin (20). The last time Louisiana Tech fell at home was a 65-63 loss to Nevada on Jan. 28, 2012.
With tonight's loss, Louisiana Tech's six-game winning streak was snapped. That is the first loss for the Bulldogs since the season-opener at St. Mary's.
Louisiana Tech was led in scoring by Alex Hamilton, who totaled 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Michale Kyser led the Bulldogs with six rebounds and four blocks, while Kenneth Smith had a team-leading four assists on the night.
With four assists on the night, Kenneth Smith moved up to seventh all-time in Bulldog history in career assists with a total of 356 assists in three years with the Bulldogs.
Michale Kyser continues to inch up the record books in career blocks. With four blocks vs. UL-Lafayette, Kyser now has a total of 182 for his Bulldog career. That is fourth all-time in Louisiana Tech history and just one shy of Paul Millsap, who ranks third with 183 career blocks.