LA Tech Hosts Prairie View A&M on Tuesday Night
Dec. 12, 2016
RUSTON – Only four non-conference games remain for the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team, three of which come at home starting with a matchup versus Prairie View A&M on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
LA Tech (5-4) is riding a 12-game home winning streak that currently ranks tied for the 14th longest active streak in the country. The Bulldogs are 5-0 at home this season and have won 25 straight non-conference home games dating back to 2013.
The team has been dominant in the TAC this year, averaging 85.2 points per game with a +26.0 scoring margin while shooting 51 percent from the field.
The ‘Dogs will look to bounce back from a 91-83 defeat to Louisiana-Lafayette this past Saturday. Down by as much as 20 points in the first half, LA Tech stormed back to cut the deficit down to three with 31 seconds to go but could not complete the comeback.
Two big reasons for the late rally were redshirt senior Erik McCree and junior Jacobi Boykins. McCree has been Mr. Consistent as of late, registering his fourth straight double-double with a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds. He is the first Bulldog since Paul Millsap in 2006 to have three straight games of 20+ points and 10+ boards.
The power forward continues to lead the team in both statistical categories as well, averaging 17.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Then there was Boykins who caught fire in the second half, hitting seven straight three-pointers during a nine-minute span. The seven three’s is tied for the third most in a single game in program history.
The sharp shooter is tied with Derric Jean for the team-lead in three-point shooting percentage at 44 percent. He is second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.6 points per contest.
Tuesday’s opponent Prairie View A&M (2-8) comes in on a five-game losing streak with the most recent setback coming in a 64-57 loss at Texas State. The Panthers have played eight of their 10 games this season on the road, coming away with one victory which was at Fresno State.
They are led by a trio of guards in Daquan Cook, Ja’Donta Blakley and Zachary Hamilton. Cook had a game-high 20 points this past Saturday versus the Bobcats and leads the team with an average of 13.7 points per game. Hamilton is not far behind averaging 13.2 points while Blakley leads the team in assists.
LA Tech leads the all-time series with Prairie View A&M, 1-0. That one matchup came last season when the Bulldogs were a 77-58 winner over the Panthers in Ruston.
Fans can access live video via the Internet by subscribing to CUSA.tv. The game can also be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KVJC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) as well as 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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