Final Non-Conference Game Set for Monday
Dec. 28, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech plays its final non-conference game on Monday night versus Southern Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
After a grueling stretch of three of the last four games being on the road, LA Tech (8-4) is more than happy to be back in the TAC, a place where the Bulldogs are a perfect 6-0 this season and have won 19 straight.
The `Dogs continue to progress as a team after a brutal road loss to North Carolina State. The loss at NC State was unlike any other loss under head coach Michael White. It marked the first time since he took over in 2011 that LA Tech lost a game when having a lead with five minutes to go in the contest.
It was also the largest lead in the past four seasons that the Bulldogs had and lost the game. They were up by as much as 18 points with 14 minutes left in the game.
Despite suffering the defeat, LA Tech played arguably its best basketball for 20 minutes against the Wolfpack and is on the upswing with C-USA play looming.
Before taking on Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Saturday to start the conference season, the Bulldogs will try to tune-up some things against Division II Southern Arkansas (5-4).
SAU is on 13 days of rest after defeating Dallas Christian College, 76-61, on Dec. 16. The Muleriders are led by their two starting guards, Jaron Davis and Chauncy Williams, who combine for 28 points per game. Together, they tallied 38 points in the win over Dallas Christian.
All five of their victories have come at home. On the flipside, they are 0-2 on the road thus far.
The two teams have played in preseason tune-ups two of the last three years. The most recent time came last year on Nov. 3, 2013 with LA Tech winning 100-49. A couple of standouts from the exhibition game were Raheem Appleby who had a game-high 21 points and Alex Hamilton who registered nine points, eight assists and five steals.
The junior Hamilton is close to making history being only 15 points shy of becoming the 38th member of the 1,000 point club at LA Tech.
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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