Nov. 29, 2011
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech men's basketball (2-3) team travels to face Southeastern Louisiana (3-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the University Center in the first of three straight games against in-state opponents.
"This swing against in-state programs will be a tough test for us as we will probably be the big non-conference game for some of these schools," said head coach Michael White.
The Bulldogs own a 41-17 series advantage over the Lions and have won 15 straight with the last loss occurring in 1966 in Hammond. In the last meeting between the two programs, Tech won 92-69 on Dec. 21, 1991 in Ruston. The last time that the two schools meet in Hammond was on Dec. 7, 1991 in which the Bulldogs came out on top 99-75.
At the Jim Thorpe Classic, Tech defeated Maryland Eastern Shore (73-54) while falling to Portland State (68-48) and host-school Wyoming (73-58) to finish in third place.
Sophomore guard Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) paced Tech with a 10.3 points per game in the Jim Thorpe Classic while senior guard Trevor Gaskins (Alpharetta, Ga.) averaged six rebounds per game in the tournament.
After scoring 10 points in back-to-back contests of the Jim Thorpe Classic, freshman forward Michale Kyser (Lancaster, Texas) was selected to the all-tournament team.
Southeastern Louisiana enters the contest with a 3-2 record after falling at Western Kentucky 72-67 on Saturday. The Lions are undefeated at home, beating Blue Mountain College (69-50), Louisiana Monroe (63-60) and Spring Hill College (71-44).
Brandon Fortenberry leads the team in scoring at 17.8 points per game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. Roosevelt Johnson paces the Lions with seven rebounds per contest and is second in scoring at 11.2 points per contest.
The game can be heard on KXKZ 107.5 FM and KJVC 92.7 FM with the action called by the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen and LA Tech All-Access users can listen to the game online. A live video feed of the game can be seen for free through the Lions website via a link on the Bulldogs GameDay Central page.
Twitter users can get updates of the game by following sports information director Phillip Pongratz at www.twitter.com/LATechPPongratz.