Nov. 11, 2011
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team officially tips-off the Michael White head coaching era Sunday at 3 p.m. against Mississippi College in the Thomas Assembly Center. After the game there will be an autograph session with the Bulldogs.
"It's very exciting to be a part of a new era and to be facing such new challenges," said White. "This has been a very long off season as we are very anxious to compete."
This will be the first meeting between the two programs since 1950 with the Bulldogs holding a 19-12 lead in the series, including a 67-49 win in Clinton, Miss. in the last meeting. LA Tech is 2-1 all-time at home against the Choctaws including a 76-53 victory in the last home meeting 61 years ago.
The game can be heard on LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM with the pregame show set for 2:30 p.m. Fans can also access a live video and audio stream of the game by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com.
Doors to the TAC will open at 1:30 p.m.
After seeing the Bulldogs performance in their lone exhibition contest this year, a 72-71 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville, White saw areas where the team can improve in heading into the opener.
"Offensively, we need to shoot the ball better, have some interior production and limit turnovers while on the defensive side we need to be solid and limit fouls," White said. "I hope to see the guys continue to improve every time we are between the lines."
The only Tech player to score in double-figures in the exhibition was junior Brandon Gibson (Marianna, Fla.) with 18 points. Sophomores Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) and Kenyon McNeail (Conway, Ark.) and freshman Kenneth Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla.) contributed nine points apiece.
Mississippi College returns five letterwinners from last season's team that finished 13-13 and is picked to finish second in the East Division of the American Southwest Conference this year.
The Choctaws return three of their six leading scorers from last year in Greg Pulliam (11.0 ppg), Chad Jones (7.8 ppg) and Marlon Ester (5.9 ppg). Jones is also MC's leading returning rebounder at 4.8 per game.
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