LA Tech Opens Cancun Challenge versus George Mason

Nov. 20, 2017

GameDay Central | Game Notes

CANCUN, Mexico – After taking care of business at home in the first three games of the season, Louisiana Tech hits the road for the first time as they participate in the 10th annual Cancun Challenge in Mexico starting on Tuesday versus George Mason.

Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. CT at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya and will be nationally-televised on the CBS Sports Network with Thad Anderson and Pete Gillen calling the action.

Fans can also listen to the “Voice of the Bulldogs” Dave Nitz call the game 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 first road trip could not get much better for LA Tech (3-0) from a scenic and competitive standpoint. The Cancun Challenge was recently ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the top five college basketball travel tournaments.

It marks the first time the Bulldogs are playing internationally during the regular season since 1989 when they played in the Phenix Ball in Chiba, Japan.

LA Tech brings to Cancun and undefeated record, something they were able to keep intact after a strong defensive performance and senior Jacobi Boykins finding his shooting stroke again in the 71-58 victory over Montana State this past Saturday.

After allowing 83 points per game through the first two contests, the ‘Dogs held the Bobcats (who came in averaging 90 ppg) to just 58 total points. Meanwhile, Boykins came alive from long range. After combining to shoot just 1-of-11 from three-point range, the lefty made six triples to help give him a game-high 23 points.

Also in double figures were sophomores Jalen Harris (15) and DaQuan Bracey (12). The three-headed backcourt monster are all averaging at least 15 points per game and have combined for a total of 158 points which is 57 percent of the team’s scoring through three games.

 

 

Head coach Eric Konkol and assistant coach Tony Skinn are pretty familiar with the first opponent George Mason (3-1). Konkol spent seven years with the Patriots as an assistant coach and recruited Skinn who helped lead the team to the 2006 Final Four.

This year’s George Mason team heads to Cancun on a two-game winning streak after surviving CSUN in overtime, 78-73, this past Saturday.

The Patriots rely heavily on their starters, four of which average double figures in scoring and the fifth is averaging nine points per contest. Their starting five has accounted for 252 total points (91.6 percent) of the team’s scoring through four games.

Otis Livingston II, who is averaging 14.0 points per game, is one of three returning starters off last year’s squad. The junior guard was named to the preseason Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team. He recorded 20 points and five assists in the OT home win versus the Matadors.

George Mason is coming off a 20-win season and a postseason appearance in the CBI.

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