Bulldogs Set to Host Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Nov. 20, 2014
RUSTON - The 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic continues this weekend as Louisiana Tech is set to host a four-team, round robin as part of the sub-host rounds on November 21-23 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs tipoff the annual basketball event put on by the Coaches vs. Cancer program benefiting the American Cancer Society on Friday night at 7 p.m. in a matchup versus Morehead State televised on ASN. Dave Barnett and Blaine Taylor will have the call.
On Saturday, the `Dogs face American at 6 p.m. and the tournament finishes up on Sunday at 4 p.m. against Presbyterian which will also be broadcast live on ASN.
In the host-round game, LA Tech fell at Temple, 82-75, in Philadelphia. Raheem Appleby was back to his scoring ways posting a game-high 26 points, but the Owls scored 22 more points from the free throw line to help pin the first loss of the season on the Bulldogs.
Appleby is pacing the way offensively for the `Dogs so far, averaging 20.5 points per game. He also paced the team in last year's early season tournament in Fort Myers, Florida at the Gulf Coast Showcase where he was named the MVP. LA Tech ended up winning three games in three days for the championship.
They did the same thing in 2012 as well under coach White, winning all three games of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Morehead State (1-2) checks in having played three games already, including a home win over Cincinnati Christian and two heartbreaking losses to UNLV and Cincinnati. Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Angelo Warner leads the Eagles with an average of 17.5 points per game.
MSU was picked second in the OVC's East Division and are coming off a 20-win campaign for the fourth time in the past six years.
American (1-1) enters the weekend having allowed just 43.0 points per game in two games this season - 40-37 loss at Temple and a 49-46 home win over Saint Francis (Pa.)). Senior guard John Schoof leads the team with 13.0 points per game.
AU advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season after winning the 2014 Patriot League tournament title. They were picked first in the preseason poll for this season.
Sunday's opponent, Presbyterian (1-1), returns all five starters from the 2013-14 team that went 6-26, including Big South preseason all-conference member Jordan Downing who averaged 20.2 points per game last season. PC is led by the forward Downing this season after an opening loss at Duke and a home victory versus Piedmont.
Since moving to the TAC in 1982, the `Dogs are 25-7 in home openers including seven straight wins. They have also reeled off 13 straight victories at home and have won 32 of the last 33 games.
Season tickets and single game tickets are still on sale. Fans can also buy a mini-plan to see all three Bulldog games in the 200 level for $33.
Live audio will be available through a subscription to LA Tech All Access or by listening to KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston). Live video will be available through All Access for Saturday's contest only. Live in-game updates can be found on Twitter by following @LATechHoops.
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