Bulldogs and Thundering Herd Battle on Saturday Night
Feb. 3, 2017
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech is the best in the conference at defending three-pointers. Marshall is the best in the conference in making three-pointers. The two teams will clash on Saturday night at 6 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
The three-point field goal defense has played a major role in helping LA Tech (15-8, 7-3 C-USA) be in a three-way tie for second place in the standings through 10 league games.
The Bulldogs allow opponents to shoot just 31.5 percent from behind the arc which in turn has contributed to the team having the 37th-best scoring defense in the country by allowing only 64.6 points per game.
The defense was on display in the previous game against WKU, especially the first half when LA Tech held the Hilltoppers to one field goal in the last six minutes of the period to help build a 41-29 halftime advantage.
Jacobi Boykins returned from his one-game suspension to ignite the team with a game-high 25 points, one of four Bulldogs to score in double figures in what ended up resulting in a 76-67 victory to stop a two-game losing skid.
The sharp shooter can shoot three-pointers with the best of them. He went 5-of-6 from three-point range to increase his percentage to 43.5 which ranks 20th in the nation. He will be a crucial piece both on offense with his shooting and on defense where he averages two steals a game in going up against the high-octane Thundering Herd of Marshall (13-10, 6-4 C-USA).
The Herd started conference play with four straight wins, but they have since lost four of the last six games including a 91-76 defeat at Southern Miss this past Thursday.
They have the ninth highest scoring offense in the country, averaging 86.7 points per game. They have eclipsed 90 points 10 times this season and have gone over the century mark in three games.
The primary reason for the offensive onslaught is three-point shooting where Marshall is averaging 10.2 made threes per game (ranks first in C-USA and ninth in the nation).
All five Marshall starters average double figures in scoring, led by junior guard Jon Elmore at 19.7 points per game which is tops in the league. He also leads the Herd in assists per game (6.1) and steals per game (1.4). He scored a team-high 21 points in their last game against the Golden Eagles.
LA Tech has never lost to Marshall on the hardwood, winning all five meetings. The last meeting which came last season in Huntington, West Virginia is remembered by all Bulldog fans because of how it ended.
With 3.3 seconds left and the score tied, Derric Jean got the ball back after in-bounding it and ended up draining a shot from half court at the buzzer to give LA Tech a 97-94 victory, a play that was No. 1 on ESPN’s top 10 plays on SportsCenter.
Fans can access live video via the Internet by subscribing to CUSA.tv. The game can also be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) as well as on the LA Tech X Mobile app. The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.
Twitter users can receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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