LA Tech Faces Montana State in Saturday Night Tilt

Nov. 17, 2017

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech will conclude its three-game home stand to open the regular season on Saturday night when they face off against Montana State at 7 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

LA Tech (2-0) is riding a nine-game home winning streak that stayed intact after an overtime victory versus SEMO. Just like that game, the matchup with MSU (2-1) is part of the Cancun Challenge that both teams will be taking part in next week in separate brackets in Cancun, Mexico.

The live video stream can be seen with a paid subscription to CUSA.tv. Fans can listen to Kyle Roberts and Jack Thigpen call the action on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.

The Bulldogs were in a battle against the Redhawks this past Monday, but came away victorious in the extra frame as the sophomore duo of Jalen Harris and DaQuan Bracey combined for 46 points to help pull out the 96-95 win.

The tandem scored 15 of the 17 overtime points for LA Tech. Harris went for a game-high and career-high 26 points to go along with career highs in rebounding (eight), assists (five) and steals (two). Bracey finished one-point shy of tying his career high with 20 points.

Harris has come out of the gates scorching hot this season, averaging 25.5 points per game. His 51 total points is the second most in program history through the first two games. He is also just the second Bulldog in program history to register 25+ points in each of the first two games of the season (Paul Millsap, 2004).

 

 

Bracey is getting it done offensively as well, averaging 17.5 points per game while shooting 70 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. He also has a team-high 11 total assists.

As a team, LA Tech has combined to put up 208 points which is the most in school history. They are doing so by shooting 58 percent from the field.

On the flipside though, the defense has not been up to the standard set by head coach Eric Konkol and the coaching staff. The 165 points allowed is the seventh most in program history and the most since 1973.

LA Tech will definitely need to step it up on that end of the court with an equally high-powered offense in Montana State coming to town. The Bobcats are averaging 90.3 points per game and recently eclipsed the century mark in a lopsided 109-81 victory over UM Western.

It has been the scoring tandem of guards Tyler Hall and Harald Frey that have led the charge, averaging 22.0 and 20.0 points per game, respectively, through three games.

Hall, who went off for 32 points in their last game (shot 7-of-8 from deep), was named the Big Sky Preseason MVP and was chosen to the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award watch list and the Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award watch list.

He is the fourth-leading returning scorer in college basketball after averaging 23.1 points per contest as a sophomore last season which ranked seventh nationally.

MSU finished the 2016-17 season with a 16-16 overall record. The Bobcats, who returned all five starters, were picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll.

LA Tech and Montana State have played against one another three times previously, all coming during the 1980s. The first ever meeting came in 1980 in the Raindrop Classic in Portland, Oregon.

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