LA Tech Hosts League-Leader Middle Tennessee on Senior Night
Feb. 16, 2018
RUSTON – Lone senior Jacobi Boykins will look to go out with a victory in his final home game as a Bulldog when Louisiana Tech plays host to league-leader Middle Tennessee on Saturday night at 6 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
The matchup will be streamed exclusively by Stadium on Facebook with Noah Coslov, Tim Scarborough and Kristen Balboni calling the action. It is free to all users with a direct link available on the schedule page at LATechSports.com. Fans do not have to have a Facebook account to access the stream.
Fans can also listen to the Voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen call the game on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.
LA Tech (16-11, 7-7 C-USA) will also honor redshirt junior Joniah White during the Senior Night ceremony. Both Boykins and White signed in the fall of 2013 out of high school. Since their freshman year in 2014-15, the team has gone 89-40 overall with an astounding 59-7 home record.
Boykins is the currently program record holder for career three-pointers and single season three-pointers. He is closing in his single season record with 78 triples (record is 89 set last season).
The St. Petersburg, Florida native needs just four more points to reach 1,300 for his career. He will become the 26th player in program history to reach that milestone.
Nine of those points came in the 73-60 victory over UAB this past Thursday. Freshman Anthony Duruji did most of the damage offensively, scoring 21 points while making four threes.
On the defensive end is where the Bulldogs won the game though. They forced 17 turnovers while registering nine steals and six blocks.
Having won six of the last eight games, the ‘Dogs have held their opponents to 66 points or less in the six victories. White played a big role in the team’s defensive efforts this season, recording 26 blocks. He finished his career with 124 blocks which ranks fifth in program history.
Defending C-USA champion and preseason favorite Middle Tennessee (21-5, 13-1 C-USA) comes into Saturday on an eight-game winning streak and winners of 13 of its last 14.
The Blue Raiders extended their winning streak this past Thursday with a 72-62 victory over Southern Miss in Hattiesburg. The game was tied up at 62-62, but Middle Tennessee held USM scoreless for the final seven minutes of the game while putting together a 10-0 run to close things out.
Alabama transfer forward Nick King put up his usual numbers against the Golden Eagles, recording 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win. He currently ranks third in the league in scoring with an average of 21.3 points per game. He also ranks sixth in the conference in rebounding with an average of 8.3 boards per contest.
As a team, the Blue Raiders are 30th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 65.7 points per game. They also rank 14th in the nation in three-point percentage defense, allowing teams to shoot just 30.7 percent from beyond the arc.
That stat could be a big one on Saturday since the Bulldogs rank first in the league in three-point shooting percentage at 38.9 percent. They have hit 38 three-pointers in their last three games combined.
LA Tech leads the all-time series with Middle Tennessee, 11-4, but the Blue Raiders have won the last two (both coming in Murfreesboro, including a 72-57 decision a month ago). The Bulldogs have never lost in Ruston to them though, winning all eight meetings.
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.
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