Bulldogs Battle Hornets in Home Opener

Nov. 15, 2016

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech returns to the friendly confines of the Thomas Assembly Center for its home opener against Alabama State on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Playing in the TAC is something LA Tech (0-1) takes great pride in and that pride shows in the win column. The Bulldogs have won seven straight at home and 65 of the last 67 dating all the way back to February of 2012.

The dominance in non-conference play goes back even further with the ‘Dogs having won 51 of their last 52 at home which dates back to December of 2007.

LA Tech looks to continue that home success and get a victory for the first time in the 2016-17 regular season after dropping the season opener at South Carolina by a score of 85-76.

The team pulled to within two possessions twice in the second half after trailing by as much as 15. A big reason for staying in the ball game was the play at the point guard position with sophomore Derric Jean and freshman DaQuan Bracey.

Jean started his first game as a Bulldog and went on to score a career-high 18 points. Meanwhile, Bracey came off the bench for his first career action as a Bulldog and registered 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field to go along with two assists. That unintimidated play helped him become the C-USA Freshman of the Week.

LA Tech’s opponent, Alabama State (0-2), has opened up its season with losses to WKU and TCU. Both losses have been in large part due to slow starts as the Hornets have shot below 30 percent from the field in the first stanza in each game.

Alabama State is led by Rodney Simeon and Tony Armstrong who average 19 and 12 points per game, respectively. Simeon poured in a game-high 25 against the Hilltoppers in the 13-point loss. Armstrong leads the team in rebounding with an average of eight per contest.

 

 

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series over the Hornets, 2-1. The first recorded meeting (unknown location) took place during the 1938-39 season with Alabama State coming out on top.

The last two meetings have come in regular season tournaments at neutral sites. In 1984, the Bulldogs beat the Hornets, 80-57, in the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, West Virginia. The last game was played in 1992 in the East Coast Classic in Wilmington, North Carolina. LA Tech prevailed in that one as well, winning 88-73.

Alabama State will be one of four Southwestern athletic Conference opponents that LA Tech will face this season (along with home games against Alcorn State, Prairie View A&M and a neutral site game in Shreveport against Grambling State).

There will be $1 hot dogs and $1 drinks all night long at concessions for fans in attendance.

Fans can access live video 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), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill). The “Voice of the Bulldogs” Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.

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

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