Bulldogs Close Out Non-Conference Play with Longwood
Jan. 3, 2014
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team certainly closed out 2013 in a thrilling fashion, dominating I-20 neighbor ULM and then upsetting Oklahoma in overtime.
The Bulldogs hope to carry over this success into the New Year as they host Longwood on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The contest will conclude the non-conference schedule prior to Conference USA play tipping off.
LA Tech (11-3) is playing some of its best basketball of the season at the right time, coming off tremendous back-to-back road performances over the Christmas break.
"The season has been a success thus far, but we still have room for improvement," said head coach Michael White. "We are continuously striving toward maxing out as a group and getting to the point where we are hitting on all cylinders. Our guys are working very hard to improve, and they continue to play unselfishly."
Raheem Appleby has been the top scoring threat for the Bulldogs ever since he arrived on campus as a freshman, and still leads the team with a 16.5 points per game average.
Now, a second consistent scoring threat has emerged in sophomore Alex Hamilton who led the team in scoring against the Warhawks and Sooners.
The Chipley, Fla. native nearly pulled off a double-double at ULM with 17 points and a career-high nine rebounds. He then turned around to notch a career-high 31 points at OU.
LA Tech is averaging 83.3 points per game and has scored at least 90 points in six games this season.
First-year head coach Jayson Gee leads Longwood (5-9) into Ruston having notched only one road win this season.
The road win though was an historic one for the Lancers as a game-winning three-pointer helped defeat TCU, 82-79. It marked the first ever victory for Longwood versus a Big 12 member.
"Longwood plays in the Big South Conference and has played a grueling schedule so far, including several money games," said White. "They won at TCU, and have been competitive versus others as well. They are a good offensive team, especially in transition.
"They have four guys that score in double figures, but they are led by Tristan Carey. Carey will be one of the better shooters that we'll defend all year."
Guard Tristan Carey anchors the team, averaging 18.8 points per game. The senior had reached double-figure scoring, including five games with at least 20, in every game played this season except the last one which saw the Lancers fall 78-43 at Ohio.
Saturday's matchup will be only the second time LA Tech and Longwood meet on the basketball court. The first and only time was the second of three games in the John Thompson Foundation Basketball Challenge in Lincoln, Neb. at the Bob Devaney Center.
Bulldog Hall of Famer Paul Millsap led all scorers in that game with 27 points along with 10 rebounds to push LA Tech to a 10-point win.
Kids in the sixth grade and under are encouraged to stick around after the game as a free basketball clinic with the Bulldog players and coaches will be given.
Also, free Bulldog koozies will be handed out to the first 1,000 fans.
The game will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM and KJVC 92.7 FM. The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will do play-by-play while Jack Thigpen provides analysis with pregame starting at 3:30 p.m. Fans can also access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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