LA Tech Opens 2016-17 Season at South Carolina

Nov. 10, 2016

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON – In each of the last four seasons, Louisiana Tech has knocked off a Power 5 school on the road.

The Bulldogs aim to make it five straight on Friday night when they open up the 2016-17 regular season at South Carolina at 5:30 p.m. CT inside Colonial Life Arena.

The matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network+ which is available through ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Carey Rich and Burch Antley will call the action.

LA Tech (0-0) played one open exhibition in preparation for the season opener and that resulted in an 86-69 victory over Southern Arkansas.

Redshirt senior Erik McCree, a second team All-Conference USA selection last year and a member of the C-USA All-Preseason Team this year, led the way for the ‘Dogs with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds.

McCree is expected to play a huge role in the front court, a position that carries the most experience with the addition of junior college transfer Omar Sherman as well as the return of Joniah White and Qiydar Davis. Both Sherman and Davis registered double-digit points against the Muleriders.

In the back court, Jacobi Boykins returns at shooting guard after starting 29 games last season. And carrying on the point guard torch passed down by Speedy Smith and then Alex Hamilton is Derric Jean who led the team in three-point shooting a year ago as the sixth man.

 

 

South Carolina (0-0) also played one open exhibition which resulted in a 107-89 win over Newberry College, shooting 50 percent from the field in the process.

The team is coming off a 25-win season and a second round appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. The Gamecocks were a No. 1 seed in the NIT, meaning they were one of the first four teams left out of the NCAA Tournament.

They return two starters, guards Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice. Both players averaged double-digit in scoring last season while Thornwell was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. Thornwell posted a double-double with a game-high 34 points and a team-high 11 boards in the exhibition.

LA Tech and USC have only faced off on the hardwood one time and it did not take place in either Ruston or Columbia. The meeting actually happened in Shreveport in the Gulf South Classic in 1960. The Gamecocks came out victorious by a score of 77-66.

Fans can access live audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to CUSA.TV. The game can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and the LA Tech X Mobile app. Kyle Roberts will call the action.

Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.

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