@LATechHoops Returns Home to Take on Jackson State
Dec. 5, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will play for the fifth time in the last six games inside the friendly confines of the Thomas Assembly Center when they take on Jackson State on Saturday night at 6 p.m.
LA Tech (6-1) will be going for its sixth straight victory and its 18th straight in the TAC which is the ninth longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
These fast starts by the Bulldogs have become the norm under head coach Michael White. In fact, in the past two seasons LA Tech has suffered an early season loss only to respond with a winning streak of at least six games.
In 2012, the `Dogs won seven straight after dropping the season opener at Texas A&M. IN 2013, they pulled off six straight victories after a season opening loss at Saint Mary's.
This season, it was a loss at Temple in the second game of the season and LA Tech aims to continue its upward trend on Saturday to match recent history.
"Some of it is simply the way the schedule falls, but you have to also credit the resiliency of our players," White said about the early season winning streaks. "They have always bounced back positively after facing adversity."
The current winning streak was extended this past Tuesday with a 99-88 win over in-state foe Northwestern State at Prather Coliseum in what was the first victory by the road team since the rivalry was renewed in 2009.
The Bulldogs guards out-dueled the Demons guards led by Alex Hamilton who poured in a game-high 30 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and zero turnovers during 37 minutes of action.
Raheem Appleby added 18 points and four assists. Lastly, Kenneth Smith registered 10 assists and four steals despite sitting the bench for 11 minutes due to foul trouble.
While LA Tech is playing its fifth home game in the past 16 days, Saturday night will be the seventh time in the first eight games that Jackson State (1-6) is playing on the road. The Tigers have already played in the states of North Carolina, New York, Florida, Alabama and most recently Louisiana when they lost their fourth straight game, a 76-53 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette.
"[Jackson State] has had a brutal schedule thus far, but they continue to be competitive," White said. "They are very quick and scrappy, and are very disciplined. Their head coach, Wayne Brent, was an assistant coach of mine in college so I am very familiar with how hard they work and how prepared they will be."
It is scoring by committee for the Tigers as six different players have led them in scoring in a game. Guard Kaven Bernard leads the way with 10.7 points per game.
All military members and their families get in free with a valid Military ID as part of Military Appreciation Day. Free camo wrist bands with the LA Tech logo will go to the first 2,000 fans. Following the game, a kids-friendly boot camp with the LA Tech ROTC program will take place on the court.
Free Johnny's pizza will also be available to the first 200 students.
Fans can access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The contest can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield). Kyle Roberts will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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