Dec. 5, 2011
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team plays their first game at the Thomas Assembly Center in nearly a month as they host in-state foe Northwestern State who is coached by 2011 LA Tech Hall-of-Fame inductee Mike McConathy on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
After defeating Louisiana Monroe 73-71 Saturday night, the Bulldogs are now 3-4 on the year.
Freshman guard Raheem Appleby (Jacksonville, Ark.) scored a game-high 19 points in his first significant action of the year against the Warhawks. Sophomore guard Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) was 4-for-7 on three-point field goal attempts in the contest as he added 14.
For the season, senior guard Trevor Gaskins (Alpharetta, Ga.) paces the team at 11.3 points per game while Johnson is right behind him at 11.0 points per contest. Gaskins also leads the team in rebounds (5.6 rpg) and freshman guard Kenneth Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla.) paces the team at 3.3 assists per game.
On the defensive side of the court, freshman forward Michale Kyser (Lancaster, Texas) is tied for second in the Western Athletic Conference and is tied for 50th in the nation with 2.1 blocks per game.
Northwestern State is 4-4 on the year after falling at Missouri 90-56 Friday night. On the road the Demons are 1-4 with the lone win against Alabama State (67-60) with their other three losses coming to Arkansas-Little Rock (72-66), Cincinnati (71-43) and Marshall (83-61).
Shamir Davis leads NSU at 11.0 points per game while James Hulbin has added 10.1 points per game while coming off the bench in only 15.9 minutes per contest. William Mosley has pulled down 10.4 rebounds per game and is blocking 4.1 shots per contest.
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