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Jan. 30, 2016

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RUSTON -- Over 50 former basketball players and staff members will be in attendance on Sunday as part of Legends Day. It just so happens that the game features Louisiana Tech battling UTEP who is led by former Bulldog Tim Floyd.

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Louisiana Tech has accomplished a lot of things this season, but the one thing they had not done was have any wire-to-wire wins.

The two teams will square off inside the Thomas Assembly Center at 3 p.m. in a nationally-televised game on FOX Sports Network with Wes Durham and Mike Jarvis calling the action.

LA Tech (15-5, 4-3 C-USA) looks to make it three straight conference wins after picking up an 85-75 victory over UTSA. All five Bulldog starters scored in double figures, led by Alex Hamilton who registered his fourth double-double with 18 points and a season-high 11 assists.

The `Dogs had their second best shooting performance of the season, going 27-of-52 from the field for 51.9 percent as Dayon Griffin (17), Jacobi Boykins (16), Erik McCree (15) and Merrill Holden (10) joined Hamilton in double-digit scoring.

"If we can have that type of balance, that means we are hitting on all cylinders," head coach Eric Konkol said. "That is what we would like it to be. We got to the free throw line a good bit. We got great contributions from everyone by letting our guys do what they do best."

LA Tech may have been limited to just 52 field goal attempts, but they did a good chunk of its damage from the foul line (23-of-32). In three of the four league victories, the Bulldogs have been in attack mode which has translated to 30+ attempts at the charity stripe.

Per the norm, Hamilton did the bulk of the free throw shooting with 14 attempts. The senior guard continues to play consistent basketball, registering at least 13 points in 19 of the 20 games played.

His consistency will be relied upon when facing UTEP (11-10, 3-5 C-USA) who started out the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the country by winning its first six games, including non-conference victories over Colorado State and Southern Illinois.

"UTEP has a lot of talent," Konkol said. "They have a lot of scoring talent and they are the team in the league that changes defenses and plays a unique style of basketball more than anybody else. They will do a lot of different things to try to put you on your heels and be passive. They put pressure on your defense and try to make you think a lot on offense. We will need to be prepared."

The Miners then hit a rough patch, losing their next five before righting the ship to the tune of four straight victories. Now UTEP has seemed to hit a lull again having dropped five of its last six games, all coming during conference play.

They are now 0-6 in road games this season after losing, 71-58, this past Thursday at Southern Miss. Guard Lee Moore finished with a game-high 18 points. He currently paces the Miners in scoring with a season average of 14.0 points per game.

LA Tech evened the series up at 9-9 versus UTEP last year after sweeping both games during the regular season. It has mostly been a series of home court advantage. The Bulldogs are 6-1 at home while the Miners are 7-2 in their friendly confines.

Along with it being Legends Day, the 1990-91 Bulldog team --25-year anniversary of their NCAA Tournament appearance -- will be honored at halftime. There will also be jersey towels handed out to the first 300 fans in attendance.

Fans can access live audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The game can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield). The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.

Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.




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