Nov. 27, 2012
RUSTON - After dropping the season opener against Texas A&M, the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team has reeled off five wins in ten days and go for the sixth Wednesday night versus Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs will also aim to continue their non-conference home winning streak which sits at 22 games inside the friendly confines of the TAC. To do so, head coach Michael White said the team still needs to improve on the offensive end while maintaining their intensity on the defensive end.
"We are still a work in progress offensively, but our progress defensively is encouraging," said White. "We continue to have good practices, and our guys have accepted what our weaknesses are and strive for improvement daily."
Appleby and Johnson have combined to score almost 50 percent of the team's total points, averaging 18.5 and 14.7 points per game, respectively.
As a whole, the Bulldogs are averaging 67.5 points per game on 39 percent shooting from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line.
The difference maker in the successful start to the season though has been the relentless defense which is only allowing 57.8 points per game and averages 8.7 steals.
"SELU brings a lot back from last year's team," said White. "Last season in Hammond, we made poor decisions with the ball offensively which led to a significant SELU lead that we couldn't overcome. We must also contain [Brandon] Fortenberry and [Roosevelt] Johnson, two very good players."
Southeastern has suffered three difficult road losses so far this season versus Wisconsin, Marquette and New Mexico State. As a team they are shooting 42 percent from the field while averaging 61.8 points per game.
This will be the 60th meeting between the intrastate schools with the `Dogs holding a 41-18 series advantage and have not lost at home to the Lions since 1954. Since then, they have won 18 straight.
Promotions for the basketball event include the first 2000 fans receiving #WeAreLATech spirit bands and the first 200 students receiving free pizza.
LA Tech Athletics has again teamed up with The Ruston Jaycees to brighten the Christmas of children in the area. Fans are encouraged to bring new or slightly used toys to either entrance of the TAC on any home basketball game night from now until Friday, Dec. 14. Fans may also drop off toys at the ticket office during normal operating hours during this same time span.
The matchup will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KJVC 92.7 (Mansfield) with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dave Nitz will do the play-by-play while Jack Thigpen provides analysis. Fans can also access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.