Nov. 27, 2009
RUSTON, La. -
Louisiana Tech will attempt to beat TCU for the second-straight season as they take on the Horned Frogs on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth.
Last season, Tech never trailed in a 72-67 win over TCU at home. Kyle Gibson led the team with 23 points.
This year, LA Tech enters the game with a 4-1 record after a dominating 86-66 win over UALR on Wednesday. Gibson, Magnum Rolle and Olu Ashaolu each reached 20 points to lead the Bulldogs to their best start since 2000. A win on Saturday would give Tech its best start since starting 5-0 in the 1990-91 season.
TCU is 4-2 on the season and coming off of a 103-99 win over Texas State in triple overtime at home on Tuesday. The Horned Frogs only two losses came on the road, at Arizona State and at Nebraska. They have three players averaging double-figures and are led by Ronnie Moss' 20.2 points per game. Last season, Moss scored 20 points in the loss to Tech.
Tech is 0-1 against the Mountain West Conference this season after falling at New Mexico in the World Vision Classic.
The contest can be heard live throughout the LA Tech Sports Network, including ESPN 97.7 FM (Ruston) and KBYO 92.7 FM (Monroe/Farmerville). Livestats can be found at www.GoFrogs.com.
• Olu Ashaolu has four double-doubles in five games this season.
• Ashaolu is tied for 18th in the NCAA in rebounds per game with 11
• After not hitting a three-pointer last season, Ahsaolu is 3-6 this season and has nailed his last three attempts.
• Jamel Guyton is tied for 21st in the NCAA in three-point shooting percentage at 50 percent.
• Of Guyton's 22 made field goals this season, 16 of them are three-pointers
• Four Bulldogs are averaging double-digit points... Gibson - 18.8, Ashaolu - 14.6, Guyton - 12.2 and Rolle-11.0
Louisiana Tech - TCU Connection
• Bulldog junior DeAndre Brown is from Fort Worth.
• The two schools share common opponents in Houston and New Mexico.
• Tech is 0-1 against team in the Mountain West Conference as they fell at New Mexico 81-52.
• Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series 3-0 with the last meeting coming last season at the Thomas Assembly Center. Kyle Gibson led all-scores with 23 points and Ronnie Moss led TCU with 20 as the Bulldogs won 72-67 on Dec. 22.
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Both Tech freshmen hit their first shots ever taken as a collegiate-athlete. Darius Redding hit his only field-goal attempted in the second half of a win over Texas-Pan American. Justin Rake's first shot and make was a three-pointer in a win over Nicholls State.