Nov. 19, 2009
RUSTON, La. -
Louisiana Tech will take on three teams in this weekend's World Vision Classic starting with a 7 p.m. CT game against Miami (Ohio) on Friday.
On Saturday, Tech will take on the host school, New Mexico, at 8:30 p.m. CT before finishing the classic against Nicholls State on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
The Bulldogs (1-0) are coming off of an 80-62 win at Texas-Pan American. In the win, sophomore Olu Ashaolu scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his second-career double-double. Senior Kyle Gibson (16 points), junior DeAndre Brown (13 points) and senior Magnum Rolle (12 points) all joined Ashaolu in double figures.
Miami (Ohio) is coming off of a 72-70 loss at No. 5 Kentucky on Monday. Nick Winbush had 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting from three-point range and six rebounds for the RedHawks (0-2) in the loss. Miami (Ohio) qualified for the CBI last season and fell to Tulsa in the first round. Tech leads the all-time series 1-0 with the lone meeting coming in the 1988-89 season that resulted in a 69-62 win in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
New Mexico is off to a 2-0 start after wins against UC Riverside and at New Mexico State. They return three starters from a team that won the Mountain West with a 22-12 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NIT. They are coached by Steve Alford who is in his third season with the Lobos. Tech is 0-1 against UNM in the all-time series. The Lobos won a 90-84 contest in the 1991-92 season.
Nicholls State (0-2) lost to Duquesne and at Houston to start the season. They return three starters off of a team that went 20-11 last season. The Colonels lost seven letterwinners off that team and welcome 11 newcomers this season. Tech leads the overall series 14-2 with the last meeting resulting in a 91-62 win in the 2000-01 season.
The contest can be heard live throughout the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 (Ruston), KLKL 95.7 FM (Shreveport/Bossier City), KBYO 92.7 FM (Monroe/Farmerville), and KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield).
LA Tech fans can also access the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access (log onto www.latechsports.com) as the audio will be streamed live. Live stats will be provided through the New Mexico athletic website at www.golobos.com.
Gibson, Felder to Redshirt
Coach Rupp announced Wednesday that Brandon Gibson will take a medical redshirt this season due to a broken foot. The sophomore guard averaged 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds last season. Freshman guard Trey Felder will also redshirt the 2009-10 season.
Bulldogs at The Pit
- LA Tech has a 0-1 record at The Pit, the home court of the University of New Mexico.
- Tech lost to New Mexico 90-84 in 1992 in the first round of the NIT.
- Tech head coach Kerry Rupp coached at The Pitt as an assistant coach for Utah from 2000-2004 and was 2-2 over the four-year period. He has not coached there as a head coach.
About World Vision
The naming rights to the classic were donated to World Vision by Basketball Travelers, Inc. As a Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision aims to contribute to a 75 percent reduction in malaria cases, with the end goal of nearly zero preventable malaria deaths by 2015. World Vision works in 62 malaria-endemic countries, 23 of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.
LA Tech will open their 13-game home slate with a 7 p.m. matchup with UALR on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Bulldogs will then play at TCU on Saturday Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. The game is on Saturday rather than Sunday due to TCU's loss to Arizona State on Tuesday.