Dec. 17, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech defeated in-state foe McNeese State, 64-50, Tuesday night in front of a home crowd of 2,962 Bulldog fans in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Including a win at home tonight, Louisiana Tech has not lost at home to the Cowboys since 1986. Since then, the Bulldogs have won 12 straight in the TAC versus McNeese State.
With seven in-state opponents on the Bulldogs' schedule this season, LA Tech is now 4-1 against those schools thus far in 2013. Tech also defeated Centenary, Southern and Northwestern State with one loss against UL-Lafayette at home.
With 23 points tonight vs. McNeese State, Raheem Appleby moved up on the all-time scorers list. After tonight, Appleby is currently ranked 28th in Louisiana Tech history in total points scored with 1,152 in his career. Appleby has now scored double-digits in 11 of 12 games this season.
With seven assists in tonight's game, Kenneth Smith moved into a tie for fifth place in Bulldog history for career assists. He currently is tied for fifth with Alan Davis with 382 career assists.
With one steal in the first half, Kenneth Smith moved into sole possession of 10th place in LA Tech history with 126 career steals.
Louisiana Tech is now 9-0 when leading opponents at the half. At half time of tonight's game, Louisiana Tech led McNeese State, 39-30.
After tonight's 64-50 win over McNeese State, the Bulldogs are now 4-1 in home games this season.
The Bulldogs are 8-0 when forcing 15 or more turnovers in a single game this season. Tonight versus the Cowboys, LA Tech forced a total of 19 turnovers.
With seven blocks on the night, Michale Kyser has now recorded at least three or more blocks in 11 of the 12 games he has played in this year. Kyser has a total of 51 blocks this season and 203 for his career, which ranks third all-time in Bulldog history.
With a career-high 13 points and 17 rebounds, Michale Kyser recorded his second career double-double Tuesday night versus the Cowboys. Kyser tied his career-high with 17 rebounds versus the Cowboys. His first career double-double was at McNeese State last season when he totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The last time a LA Tech player grabbed at least 15 rebounds was on Dec. 4, 2012 when Michale Kyser had a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Northwestern State.