Streaky Bulldogs Host Texas State on Saturday Night
Feb. 8, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will be shooting for consecutive win No. 13 on Saturday night when the Bulldogs host Texas State at 7 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
It is the third and final game of the LA Tech (20-3, 11-0 WAC) home stand that has seen the Bulldogs notch double digit victories over UT Arlington (64-51) and UTSA (74-49), making them one of only 10 teams in NCAA Division I with at least 20 wins to their credit.
After going through much of the season with two or three players stepping up each game to anchor the `Dogs to a victory, Thursday night's performance against the Roadrunners could very well been the best collective effort of the season.
Seven different players scored at least six points, eight different players grabbed at least four rebounds and the most time played by any one Bulldog was 22 minutes.
The matchup on Saturday could light up the scoreboard as it pits the two top scoring offenses in the league. LA Tech averages 72.2 points per game and Texas State is not far behind in averaging 70.4 points per game.
The last meeting a month ago was a high-scoring battle with the Bulldogs prevailing 84-67 behind Cordarius Johnson's team-high 17 points.
After the Bobcats dropped their following game, the sixth straight loss to open their first season in the WAC, they then reeled off three straight wins over UTSA, Idaho and Seattle.
Bobcat forward Joel Wright was the main catalyst behind the success and the offensive outburst, especially against Idaho when he poured in 37 points which is the most by any WAC player in a single game this season.
Texas State (7-17, 3-9 WAC) has since dropped three consecutive games to New Mexico State, Denver and UT Arlington.
In conference games only, Wright leads the league in scoring with an average of 19.7 points per game, and three of their players rank in the top seven in three-point percentage (Phil Hawkins 43.3, Deonte' Jones 42.4 and Reid Koenen 40.5).
"[Texas State] is very dangerous," said head coach Michael White. "They are a lot better than they were a month ago. Like UTSA, but even to a further extent, I think they can kill you on the perimeter with their ability to make a bunch of threes. If we allow a bunch of uncontested threes, we are in trouble. We better come out Saturday focused and energetic, and focused most of all on continuing to have momentum and getting better. We will see if we can have some success hopefully."
After holding UTSA to just 2-of-10 shooting from behind the arc, the ninth ranked three-point percentage defense (28.3) in the country will be called upon once again to slow down a streaky-shooting opponent.
Upward Basketball teams will be in attendance for the game, joining in the tunnel for the pregame high-five line and performing a mini scrimmage at halftime.
Multiple shooting contests will take place and free mini basketballs will be thrown out during the game sponsored by CenturyLink.
The contest will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KVCL 92.1 (Winnfield) and KTKC 92.9 (Springhill) with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play while Jack Thigpen will provide analysis. 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.
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