LA Tech Starts Final Road Trip at North Texas
Feb. 22, 2017
RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team will begin its final road trip of the regular season on Thursday night when they face off against North Texas at 7 p.m. inside The Super Pit.
LA Tech (20-8, 12-3 C-USA) extended its season-best winning streak to six this past week after picking up two home wins by double-digits. As a result, the Bulldogs kept their second place spot in the league standings and are still two games back of first and two games ahead of third with three games to go.
The sixth win turned out to also be win No. 20 on the season for LA Tech, marking the fifth straight year the ‘Dogs have eclipsed 20 victories (second longest streak in program history).
It was a 77-61 victory over FIU that saw senior Erik McCree record his league-best 12th double-double of the year with a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds.
The forward continues to be Mr. Consistent, scoring in double figures in every game but two while averaging a team-best 17.9 points per game. He needs only eight more points to move into the top 20 for career scoring at LA Tech.
Another Bulldog who is well on his way to being a 1,000-point scorer like McCree is junior Jacobi Boykins. The shooting guard registered 17 points versus the Panthers and has 831 career points while averaging 147.6 points per game.
These two had a homecoming of sorts last season when getting to play in their home state of Florida. For five Bulldogs who are from the Dallas area, it will be a homecoming of sorts when playing Thursday night in Denton.
Junior Omar Sherman and freshman Jalen Harris are from Duncanville, freshman JaColby Pemberton is from Dallas (played at Lancaster HS), freshman Oliver Powell is from Rowlett and freshman walk-on Jeremiah Taylor is from Lewisville.
The opponent, North Texas (8-18, 2-12 C-USA), lost 11 straight before picking up its first conference win at Florida Atlantic. Since then, they have fallen at FIU, lost to UTEP in overtime and defeated UTSA which puts the Mean Green in a tie for 13th in the league standings.
A big reason for the turnaround and their mathematical chance of still making the league tournament (top 12 teams advance) is because of the play of freshmen A.J. Lawson and Ryan Woolridge.
These two have combined to win the last three C-USA Freshman of the Week honors. Lawson currently leads the team in scoring with an average of 10.8 points per game. Meanwhile, Woolridge has been doing a lot of everything, as evidence by his near triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists versus the Miners.
LA Tech won the meeting earlier this season in Ruston by a score of 81-57, a game where McCree and Boykins both notched double-doubles.
The Bulldogs have won 13 straight versus the Mean Green in Ruston, but have not had the same success in Denton where they have lost each of the last two years.
Fans can access live video via the Internet by subscribing to CUSA.tv. The game can also be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) as well as on the LA Tech X Mobile app. The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.
Twitter users can receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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