LA Tech Begins Three-Game Road Stand at UTEP
Feb. 21, 2018
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech will close out the regular season with three straight road games, starting in the Lone Star State with a matchup versus UTEP on Thursday night at 8 p.m. CT inside the Don Haskins Center.
The matchup will be streamed exclusively by Stadium on Facebook with Ari Wolfe, Ryan Hollins 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 call the game on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.
LA Tech (16-12, 7-8 C-USA) is currently alone in eight place in the league standings with the three games remaining. To move up, they will have to win on the road which is something they have only been able to do once this season in eight tries.
The Bulldogs wrapped up its home schedule this past week with a 73-60 win over UAB, followed by an 87-70 loss to league-leader Middle Tennessee.
When LA Tech has defended well, that has usually turned into a victory. In the seven conference wins, the ‘Dogs are allowing just 65.7 points per game. They have not allowed more than 66 points to be scored in their last six victories.
In the losses, the team has allowed 76.4 points per game. Such was the case this past Saturday versus the Blue Raiders who were able to win in the TAC for the very first time behind a 44-25 rebounding advantage.
LA Tech found itself down as much as 21 points early in the second half after MT went on a 16-0 run. The Bulldogs ended up cutting the deficit down to six with a little over seven minutes to play, but were not able to get any closer than that.
Senior guard Jacobi Boykins, playing in his final home game, had a terrific night on offense by scoring a team-high 22 points while making six three-pointers. It marked the fifth time this season he has hit six triples in a single game.
The sharpshooter is up to 255 threes in his career and needs just six more to break his single season record of 89 which he set last season. He is also on pace to set the program record for the best free throw shooting percentage. The St. Petersburg, Florida native is at 91.8 percent (only seven misses) which ranks fifth in the country.
While the senior has been steady in his production, freshman forward Anthony Duruji has continued to improve offensively. He put up a game-high 21 points in the win over the Blazers and followed that up with 11 points against the Blue Raiders.
The next opponent, UTEP (8-18, 3-11 C-USA), put an end to its six-game losing streak this past Thursday with a thrilling 87-86 victory at Charlotte. The Miners took a step back though the following game at Old Dominion, losing 82-33 to the Monarchs.
The Miners are currently in 12th place in the league standings, right on the bubble as only 12 of the 14 teams advance to the Conference USA Tournament.
Their leading scorer is senior guard Keith Frazier who is averaging 11.0 points per game, but did not play on Jan. 6 in Ruston against LA Tech and has not played in the last three games. Also averaging double figures is senior guard Omega Harris (C-USA All-Preseason selection) who is averaging 10.7 points per game and leads the team in minutes played at 31.7 percent.
LA Tech leads the all-time series with UTEP, 13-10. The Bulldogs have won six of the last seven meetings. A victory on Thursday would give them the season series sweep for the third time in the last four years since they have already won the first meeting this season, 97-88.
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.
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