Updated Dec 9, 2005 16:55:24
Bulldogs to Rematch Southern in Baton Rouge Tomorrow
After dominating Texas Tech and defeating the Red Raiders 68-53 in Lubbock, Tx. last Wednesday, Louisiana Tech hopes to extend its win streak to three games when the Bulldogs travel to Baton Rouge to face Southern University tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The victory over Texas Tech was a milestone 1,100th school win for Tech, as the Bulldogs (4-3) handed the Red Raiders only their second non-conference home loss in the history of the United Spirit Arena.
Legendary Texas Tech head coach Bobby Knight and his teams had been 34-1 in such home games, but the Bulldogs shocked the Red Raiders and knocked the wind out of the 5,445 in attendance.
However, the Bulldogs' contest with the Southern Jaguars (0-6) this weekend will have a different venue. Due to accomadations to victims of Hurricane Katrina, the game will be played in Seymour Gymnasium - Southern's former men's basketball gym.
Despite the changes, Tech junior forward Paul Millsap and the Bulldogs still look to continue their win streak. Millsap's season-high 29 rebounds and 14 rebounds against Texas Tech upped his season averages to 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. On Dec. 3 in Tech's first game of the season against Southern, Millsap dropped 25 points with 10 rebounds in Ruston, La.
Tech had no other double-digit scorers that night. But junior guard Marcus Elliott scored 13 points against Texas Tech, and the Bulldogs shot 48.3 percent from the field as a team.
Senior point guard Daevon Haskins recorded eight assists with no turnovers, along with six points, three rebounds and one steal. Senior forward Michael Wilds scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs have out-rebounded or tied all of their opponents this season except for Alabama - the Crimson Tide won the battle of boards by three rebounds. Southern tied Tech with 37 rebounds in the first meeting.
As was the case in Tech's first meeting with Southern, the Jaguars are winless for the season but fell at Southeastern only 62-65 in their last game on Dec. 5.
Senior Chris Alexander has led Southern in scoring in five out of six games and leads the team with an average of 13.0 points per game. Deforrest Riley-Smith and Peter Cipriano remain second and third with 8.3 and 8.0 points per game, respectively.
After Tech's game with Southern tomorrow, the Bulldogs will come home for two games at the Thomas Assembly Center next week. As part of a double-header with the Lady Techsters, the Bulldogs will play UL-Lafayette at 8 p.m. on Dec. 13. They will then host McNeese State on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.