Jan. 9, 2013
RUSTON - Last Saturday Louisiana Tech brought back a victory from the state of Texas. Tomorrow night the Bulldogs hope to do the same as they stay on the road in the Lone Star State, this time to take on Texas State in San Marcos at 7 p.m. at Straham Coliseum.
LA Tech (12-3) has won four straight and is off to a 3-0 WAC start for only the third time since joining the league back in 2001. Meanwhile, new conference member Texas State (4-12) is on a seven-game losing streak and is still looking for their first WAC victory after starting 0-4.
The Bulldogs have only played the Bobcats five times in their history with all five games coming in Ruston.
Texas State (formerly Southwest Texas State) was a member of the Lone Star Conference during all of the matchups during the late 50's-early 60's.
Despite Texas State's record, they have suffered a bevy of close losses including their last game against WAC preseason favorite New Mexico State when they were within three points with three minutes remaining before the Aggies pulled away for the 11-point win.
"Texas State is much better than their record indicates," said head coach Michael White. "They've played some very good teams, and have been very competitive against many. They are an older group, and are a talented group. They are really good up front, and have quality guards and depth."
The frontcourt tandem of forwards Joel Wright and Matt Staff lead the Bobcats on both ends of the floor, having combined for five double-doubles this season.
Junior transfer Wright leads the team in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg). The senior Staff is second on the team in those categories (13.1 ppg and 5.8 rpg). Staff is also clutch from the foul line as he leads the WAC in free throw percentage (94.6) which includes a stretch of 34 consecutive made.
While the starters shot a combined 4-32 from the field, including 0-15 from three-point range, in their last game against UT Arlington, the bench came up big to score 40 of the team's 55 points in the win.
"The progress that our bench has made will hopefully continue to help us win games," said White. "It gives us more weapons, and allows us to stay fresh. It should also help us avoid any sort of letdown physically in February."
The contest will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield) with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play. Fans can also access live 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.