Bulldogs Host Grambling in 2008-09 Home Opener



Dec. 5, 2008

RUSTON -- It's been exactly 272 days since the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-4) last played a regular season game in the Thomas Assembly Center, but they'll do just that Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. when they take on Grambling State (1-3) in the second game of a double-header.

It will be the second time the Bulldogs and Tigers have met despite being separated by less than five miles; the two teams played earlier this season with the Bulldogs getting a an overtime win 80-74.

"It was a great game at their place," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "That team played really hard with great intensity on defense. It was a great atmosphere with two teams fighting to get a win. We are excited to get Grambling on our floor this time around."

Tech has played six games in this young 2008-09 season and all have been on the road. After starting the season 2-0 for the first time in 10 years, the Bulldogs are currently on a four-game skid, losing to UALR two weeks ago and not being able to pick up a win in the 2008 Great Alaska Shootout.

"We have not played a home game recently," Rupp said. "We've traveled, taken some lumps, but we are excited to be playing a game on our home floor. We had our schedule tapered early on to show our players what it would feel like to be on the road so they'll be better prepared for the conference season."

Junior Kyle Gibson leads Bulldogs scorers at 16.8 points per game. He and junior Kenneth Cooper both scored 22 points against the Tigers when the two teams played in November. Cooper is second on the team at 14.3 points per game.

Andrew Prestley leads GSU scorers at 16.0 points per game.

KPCH 99.3 FM and Fox 92.7 will be broadcasting the game over the radio with a live audio stream on the internet at www.thepeach993.com.



The game can also be seen over the Internet for $4.99 by logging onto www.latechtv.com and clicking on the athletics link on the top right portion of the page. Fans can order the game starting one hour prior to tipoff.