LA Tech Travels to Philadelphia to Face Temple

Nov. 16, 2014

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech returned home from Baton Rouge at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Just 26 hours later they took off for the airport traveling to Philadelphia in preparation for a Monday night matchup with Temple at 6 p.m. CT in the Liacouras Center as part of the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

The contest can be seen live on ESPN3 with Dave Leno and John Celestand calling the action. Fans can also live to the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill).

LA Tech (1-0) is coming off a tough nine-point win at Southern which marked the first victory in a road opener since 2009. Now the Bulldogs will be trying for back-to-back wins in the first two road games of the season, something they have only done once since 2000.

"We were able to grind out a road win on a night that we struggled to find a good rhythm," head coach Michael White said. "Our zone defense was probably the biggest bright spot. It was very effective."

In the end coach White leaned on his all-conference starting backcourt which combined for 48 points led by Alex Hamilton with 18 points and 15 apiece from Kenneth Smith and Raheem Appleby.

"As our guards go, we will continue to go," White added. "They are not only very good, but they represent, other than Michale Kyser, our only experience."

 

 

The `Dogs were just 3-of-14 from long range in the first half clinging to a three-point lead. However, they made 5-of-9 in the second half to help in a 50-point scoring effort in the stanza which they pulled off 11 times last year.

Meanwhile, Temple held on for a 40-37 win over visiting American in its season opener. The 40-point total for the victory was the lowest since 1947. Sophomore Mark Williams and redshirt sophomore Daniel Dingle led the Owls with 11 points apiece.

"Temple is very big and skilled," White said. "This is a high level program with a storied tradition, so we are thankful for this opportunity."

The Owls, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven seasons, are looking to rebound from a disappointing 9-22 campaign in 2014-15.

This will be the first ever meeting between LA Tech and Temple on the hardwood.

Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.

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