Dec. 10, 2010
For the third-straight game, the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team will face an in-state school when it plays at McNeese State on Saturday at 3 p.m.
It is the second of three-straight road games for the Bulldogs (7-3) who are coming off an 85-78 loss at Northwestern State.
Tech has been led all season by DeAndre Brown who is averaging 17.6 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The senior guard scored a career-high 31 points against the Demons using 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range. His 25 second half points was the most scored in one half by a Bulldog since Mike McConathy scored 26 in the second half on his way to a school-record 47 points against Lamar on Feb. 23, 1976.
Junior forward Olu Ashaolu has had his two largest scoring outputs of the season against Louisiana teams as he scored a career-high 24 against ULM on Dec. 1 and 22 on Tuesday at Northwestern State. He has also hit 18 of his last 19 free throws attempts and is currently averaging 15.4 points per game.
Freshman guard Lonnie Smith has been thriving as of late, averaging nine points over the last four games. He is coming off a career-high 12 points at Northwestern State.
McNeese State is 4-3 and has won two-straight games following a 96-91 win over NAIA school Jarvis Christian. The Cowboys had six players score in double figures en rout to their highest scoring output of the season. Junior guard Patrick Richard scored 24 points in the game and ranks second on the team in scoring with an average of 16 points per game. Senior guard Diego Kapelan leads MSU with 16.4 points per game.
McNeese State is coached by former Bulldog Dave Simmons who graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1981. He is in his fifth season as head coach of the Cowboys.
Louisiana Tech is 53-26 all-time against McNeese State and has won 11 of the last 13 meetings. Last season, Tech used a 37-9 run to open up a tight game early on to easily defeat the Cowboys 79-58. Kyle Gibson led all scorers with 19 points.
The game will be broadcast on KXKZ 107.5 with the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen calling the action.