Feb. 18, 2011
RUSTON - For the second-consecutive game, the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team will face a team outside of the Western Athletic Conference as it hosts Georgia State on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The game, a part of ESPN BracketBusters weekend, will precede the Louisiana Tech women's basketball game against San Jose State at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs are 11-16 on the season following a 76-73 loss at North Dakota on Wednesday. The loss was particularly frustrating due to the fact that Tech had a 13-point lead in the first half. Quick starts have become common for the Bulldogs as they have held double-digit first half leads in three of their last four games, yet lost all three.
Also, for the first time all season, the Bulldog shot better then their opponent and lost as Tech shot 46.3 percent from the field and the Fighting Sioux shot 39.1 percent.
Freshman guard Kenyon McNeaill had his best game in a Bulldog uniform with 27 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. His point total was the most by a Bulldog since Paul Millsap scored 27 against Rice on Jan. 5, 2003. McNeaill was also 7-of-9 from three-point range, the second-most three's ever by a Bulldog.
With those seven three's, McNeaill passed Lonnie Cooper for first on the all-time list of three-pointers made by a freshman with 40. He has been on quite the scoring tear, averaging 15.2 points over the last six games and has hit 10 of his last 14 three-point attempts.
Senior guard DeAndre Brown still leads Tech in scoring with 15.8 points per game, the third-best mark in the WAC.
Georgia State, out of the Colonial Athletic Association is 11-15 overall and have won three of its last five games. Junior forward Eric Buckner leads a balanced Panther lineup with 9.8 points per game. Junior forward Josh Micheaux has started the last five games and is averaging 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the month of February while shooting 51.2 percent from the field.
Both teams have a winning history in ESPN BracketBuster contests as Louisiana Tech is 4-3 overall and has won four of its last five while Georgia State is 4-1 and has won its last four.
Tech leads the all-time series with Georgia State 3-0. The last meeting was on Dec. 15, 1994 as the Bulldogs won 74-71 in Atlanta behind 20 points by Troy Taylor and 19 points from Doug Annison. Not only has Tech never lost to Georgia State, but also has never lost to a team from the Colonial Athletic Association, holding a 7-0 record all-time.
The contest can be heard live throughout the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KBYO 92.7 FM (Monroe/Farmerville).
LA Tech fans can also access the game via the internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access (log onto www.latechsports.com) as the audio and video will be streamed live.