Home Stand Continues for Bulldogs against Pilots

Dec. 7, 2015

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech’s home stand continue on Tuesday night when they host LSU-Shreveport at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

LA Tech (6-1) is a perfect 4-0 in the TAC this season, running its home winning streak to 34 games which is tied for the third longest in the country.

However, the home victories have not come easy. The Bulldogs have trailed at halftime in three of the four, but overcame those deficits to win all three.

“We have had games where it has taken some time to get into a rhythm on both ends of the floor,” head coach Eric Konkol said. “Fortunately, our team has been able to make adjustments, be persistent, and stick together. We do want to improve as the game progresses, but would like to play consistently well from start to finish.”

In the first two comebacks, the ‘Dogs managed to pull away and win by double digits, but that was not the case versus Jackson State.

It took double overtime to outlast the Tigers, 95-88, with double-doubles coming from Erik McCree and Qiydar Davis and a TAC-record 37 made free throws on 44 attempts.

McCree, who currently leads the team in scoring (16.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg), only had two points and two boards at halftime but finished with a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. The redshirt junior ended up going 16-of-18 from the foul line.

“Playing against different styles and situations is a positive,” Konkol added. “Each team we play has different strengths and weaknesses so it’s important we find ways to be best effective in that particular game.

 

 

“For Tuesday, we are working to be more consistent with our performance from start to finish. Defending and rebounding have been major points of emphasis for us and I’d like to see us improve in those aspects.”

LSU-Shreveport (4-4) is led by head coach Kyle Blankenship who has led the team to three straight 20-win seasons, three straight national tournament appearances and a Red River Athletic Conference regular season title.

The Pilots returned four starters from last year’s team, including forward Lyndale James who currently anchors LSUS as its leading scorer with an average of 13.3 points per game and leading rebounder with an average of 7.4 boards per game.

James registered 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the Pilots last game at Langston (Okla.) which resulted in a 75-68 loss.

It is Kids Club Night where members can form a fan tunnel and get to visit the locker room post-game. Free pizza will also be available to the first 200 students in attendance.

Fans can access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The game can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill). The “Voice of the Bulldogs” Dave Nitz 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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