Nov. 17, 2008
GRAMBLING, La. -- After a strong, come-from-behind win against UL-Lafayette, the Bulldogs will remain on the road Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.; this time less than 10 miles away from home against Grambling State University (0-0).
"We're certainly thrilled to be a part of the first team in Tech's men's basketball history to play Grambling State," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "We found a way to win this past weekend, and we want to move forward. Our guys are ready to play, and we're excited."
Despite being separated by a few miles, Louisiana Tech and Grambling have never met in men's basketball. This season, the Bulldogs and the Tigers will meet twice for a home-and-home; first Tuesday night's game, and then a game Dec. 6 in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Grambling State has not played a game yet in the 2008-09 season.
The Bulldogs are perfect so far with wins in an exhibition game and the season opener against UL-Lafyaette. Junior Bulldog Jamel Guyton scored 27 points in his Tech debut to lead the Bulldogs to victory after trailing twice in the second half by 10 points.
The Dunkin' Dawgs trailed 32-26 at the half before outscoring the Cajuns 35-27 in the second half. Tech shot 43.5 percent for the entire game on 20-46 shooting.
Rolle followed Guyton's point total with eight points and nine rebounds, while freshman Olu Ashaolu also finished the night with eight points. Junior Kenneth Cooper added seven points and 11 rebounds for the night.
"Guyton came up with some big shots for us, but he doesn't get them if Kenny Cooper and those other guys don't set big screens," Rupp said. "I thought Magnum showed up big in the second half as well."
The win marks the first time since the 1998-99 season that either Louisiana Tech or ULL have won two consecutive matches after each other. Last season, Tech bested the Cajuns 64-56 in its home opener to give Rupp his first win as the Bulldog head coach.