LA Tech and Syracuse Meet in Carrier Dome

Dec. 13, 2014

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON - It has been 26 years since the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team played in the renowned Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

On Sunday evening, the Bulldogs will do so again against the Syracuse Orange at 3 p.m. CT in a rematch of the 1988 Carrier Classic.

The contest can be seen live on ESPNU with Mike Couzens and Tim Welsh having the call. Fans can also listen to the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz call the game on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill) and on LA Tech All-Access.

Both LA Tech (7-2) and Syracuse (5-3) are looking to rebound from losses. For the Bulldogs, Erik McCree and Alex Hamilton combined for 52 points against Louisiana-Lafayette, but second half woes were too much to overcome in the road defeat.

LA Tech held a two-point advantage at the break, holding ULL to just 39 points, but the Ragin' Cajuns won the battle of the boards in the second half with a plus-10 rebounding margin which helped lead to 55 points in snapping the Bulldog's six-game winning streak.

The 25 points scored by McCree was a new career-high. For Hamilton, it was the third straight game in leading the `Dogs in scoring.

The Orange are trying to snap a two-game losing skid, including a recent loss at home to St. John's which snapped Syracuse's 55-game, non-conference home winning streak which was the second longest in the Division I ranks.

Rakeem Christmas anchors the team with a team-leading 16.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He is followed closely by Chris McCullough who is averaging 14.4 points per game and has scored in double digits in all eight games this season.

 

 

Syracuse is most well-known for its vaunting zone defense which ranks 20th in the country in scoring defense (55.9 ppg allowed), and 12th in the country in field goal percentage defense (35.2).

After LA Tech defeated Miami (Ohio) and Syracuse defeated East Tennessee State, the two teams met up in the finals in their first and only meeting. With the Bulldogs trailing 18 points at halftime, 54-36, they stormed back in the second stanza and sent the game into overtime.

Three starters eventually fouled out -- Anthony Dade, Randy White and Brett Guillory -- and the Orange eventually won, 106-98.

White tallied a game-high 29 points and 15 rebounds in the loss and was named to the all-tournament team along with Darryl Knight who recorded 23 points versus the Orange.

Of the 11 times LA Tech has faced a current member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, five of those have come during postseason play. The Bulldogs currently hold a 5-6 record against ACC opponents. They will also take on ACC foe North Carolina State on Dec. 23 in a first ever meeting.

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