Bulldogs Travel South to Take on Ragin’ Cajuns

Dec. 9, 2016

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON – Having already made long road trips this season to South Carolina, Nebraska and California, Louisiana Tech will make the short trek south to do battle with in-state foe Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. inside the Cajundome.

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Bulldogs Upend Ragin' Cajuns behind Second Half Surge
Louisiana Tech has found itself trailing at halftime in three of the five home games this season.

LA Tech (5-3) is undefeated at home this season but is still in search of their first road victory.

If the Bulldogs are as efficient on offense as they have been the last two games they will have a great shot at pulling off the win. During the two-game stretch, they are averaging 93 points per game while shooting 56 percent from the field and 48 percent from beyond the arc.

It was a triple threat in the last game against Alcorn State with Erik McCree, Jacobi Boykins and Derric Jean each scoring 20 points apiece to lead the ‘Dogs to a convincing 98-65 victory over the Braves.

It marked only the second time since 2010 that three Bulldogs scored 20+ points in a single game.

For McCree, it was his third straight double-double as the redshirt senior had a game-high 11 rebounds. He is the first Bulldog since Olu Ashaolu in 2011 to register three consecutive double-doubles.

Meanwhile, Jean and Boykins combined to go 9-of-12 from three-point range. Jean leads the team in three-point shooting percentage at 48 percent followed by Boykins who is at 39 percent.


 

 

Another common denominator in the last two games has been the insertion of true freshman DaQuan Bracey into the starting lineup. The point guard has dished out eight assists in both games while continuing to lead NCAA Division I in assist-turnover ratio (10.00).

LA Tech will need to keep up this scoring effort when taking on Louisiana-Lafayette (7-2) who has reeled off seven straight victories which is tied for the 10th longest active streak in the country. Of those seven, five have come at home with the most recent win being a lopsided 94-60 defeat of Loyola (N.O.).

The Ragin’ Cajuns have been an offensive machine this season, averaging 90 points per game which ranks seventh in the nation. They also rank in the top 20 in field goal percentage (50.0), scoring margin (18.6), rebounding margin (11.4) and turnovers forced (18.00).

They are led by BYU transfer Frank Bartley who is averaging 19.2 points per contest. Their other offensive weapon is forward Bryce Washington who is averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

LA Tech has faced ULL more than any other team in its 89-year basketball history. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series over the Ragin- Cajuns, 88-73, claiming the last victory which came this past season in a 91-79 victory inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

There have only been eight seasons since 1926 that the two squads have not played each other on the basketball court.

Fans can access live video via the Internet by following the link on the LA Tech Men’s Basketball schedule page (subscription required). The game can also be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KVJC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill) and on the LA Tech X Mobile app. The “Voice of the Bulldogs” Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.

Twitter users can receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.

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