LA Tech Faces Nicholls State in the TAC
Dec. 17, 2014
RUSTON - After two tough road losses this past week, Louisiana Tech looks to bounce back in front of its home crowd at the Thomas Assembly Center when they face Nicholls State on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.
Not only will LA Tech (7-3) be looking to snap a two-game losing skid, they will also be trying to extend its home winning streak to 19 games.
In their previous game, the Bulldogs nearly did what few teams are capable of doing and that is go into the Carrier Dome and defeat Syracuse. Down by 10 with 3:46 left to go, the `Dogs made one last run behind Alex Hamilton's nine straight points to pull even with the Orange with 25 ticks on the clock.
After a block by Michale Kyser went out of bounds off of LA Tech, SU hit a contested hook shot to hand LA Tech a heartbreaking loss.
Two of the positives that came out of this past week were the play of Alex Hamilton and Leo Edwards. For a second consecutive week, Hamilton earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors after combining to score 47 points while shooting 15-of-29 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
While the junior Hamilton has been a staple in the lineup, starting 49 straight games, Edwards is now showing flashes of what he can do.
The redshirt freshman only saw 15 minutes of action in the first eight games of the season, but recently came off the bench to provide a spark at ULL and Syracuse. He totaled 22 minutes and recorded 10 points and eight rebounds in the process while also being a strong defensive presence in the paint.
Tomorrow's opponent Nicholls State (2-5) have lost all five of their games on the road and against stiff competition (Michigan, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, UCLA and North Texas), but are coming off of an 81-75 home victory over Arkansas-Monticello.
Just like LA Tech, the Colonels have played the same starting five all season, but for NSU its leading scorer actually comes off the bench in Sam Torres who scored a career-high 26 points against the Boll Weevils.
The last meeting between the Bulldogs and Colonels was not played in the state of Louisiana oddly enough. It was actually played in Albuquerque, N.M. as part of the 2009 World Vision Basketball Classic.
On the third and final day of the four-team round robin, the Bulldogs used a big second half to upend the Colonels, 77-45. LA Tech leads the all-time series, 15-2.
Santa will be in the TAC taking pictures with all of the young Bulldog fans. There will also be a teddy bear toss at halftime to benefit Toys For Tots. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal for a chance to win a prize.
The first 1000 fans will receive a Bulldog Country koozie and free Johnny's pizza will be available to the first 100 students.
Fans can access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The contest can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield). The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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