LA Tech Travels to Face Seattle U
Feb. 13, 2013
RUSTON - After enjoying three double-digit victories on a three-game home stand, Louisiana Tech hits the road, or rather the air, in route to Seattle, Wash. to take on Seattle University in the KeyArena at 9:00 p.m. CT.
LA Tech (21-3, 12-0 WAC) is riding the fourth longest winning streak in the country at 13 games which includes six road wins.
The Bulldogs have spent the majority of their season away from the Thomas Assembly Center, playing in seven different states and winning in all four time zones.
They will now make their longest road trip of the season, all 2,435 miles, to face a Seattle (7-16, 2-11 WAC) team that is finishing a four-game stretch of facing the top four teams in the conference.
The Redhawks last victory came against San Jose State on Jan. 31, but has since dropped games to Utah State, Denver and New Mexico State.
While Utah State and Denver were both double digit losses, Seattle U came within one possession of upsetting NMSU for the second time this season.
SU lost 83-82 at home in double overtime in their first meeting and then fell 60-57 in the second meeting in Las Cruces, N.M.
The size of Seattle's roster was a key in both upset bids, and was one of the big factors in the matchup with the Bulldogs who outlasted the Redhawks in a 78-71 win a month ago.
"[Seattle] is very big, one of the biggest teams in our league," said head coach Michael White. "The biggest issue, probably, that they presented to us at our place last time we played was the fact that our press didn't bother them at all. They are a pressing team. When you are playing pressing teams that press each other every day in practice, sometimes it becomes ineffective and it definitely was at our place. We ended up backing off our press and found a way to get some stops in the half court which eventually helped us win the game."
Free throws also proved critical for the Bulldogs in the victory. LA Tech was able to attack the basket and get to the foul line on a consistent basis, making 30-of-40 for 75 percent.
The free throw percentage for LA Tech has been even more off the charts in the past three games. The Bulldogs have shot a staggering 83.8 percent on a combined 57-of-68 shooting.
The Bulldog defense will have to defend the two starting forwards for Seattle, Clarence Trent and Deshaun Sunderhaus who lead the team in scoring with 10.8 and 9.8 points per game, respectively.
Both Anderson and Massey are coming career-high efforts in rebounds with 13 and seven, respectively.
"We'll have to make some adjustments," said White about the second game of the series. "We'll have to be very, very solid. I'm excited to play in a cool city and from what I hear is a cool arena."
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 (Winnfield) with the pregame show beginning at 8:30 p.m. CT. 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.
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