Posted Dec 29, 2003 15:30:05
Tech To Begin Three-Game Home Stand
Louisiana Tech begins the start of a big three-game home stand Tuesday as the Bulldogs play host to Montevallo at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs stand at 5-4 on the season while Montevallo is 8-2.
Louisiana Tech has played the majority of its non-conference season on the road with no back-to-back home games up to this point. Tech has won all three of its home games and begins Western Athletic Conference on Saturday with a home game against Tulsa, so the Bulldogs are looking to make it 4-0 at home heading into the WAC season.
"This is a big week for us," Tech coach Keith Richard said. "We've played six out of nine games on the road and have survived. We now have a three-game home stand beginning with Montevallo and it's very important that we play like a team that's glad to be home."
The boards have played a big role in Tech's season with the Bulldogs leading the WAC with 43.3 rebounds per game and a +12.1 rebound margin. Freshman forward Paul Millsap (6-7, 225) has been crucial in Tech's rebounds and leads the conference and ranks No. 10 in NCAA statistics with 11.7 boards per contest.
Millsap is also tied for the team scoring lead with 13.3 ppg and leads the WAC in blocked shots with 20 and field goal percentage at .657 (46-of-70).
Junior guard Donell Allick is also hitting for 13.3 ppg and leads the team in assists with 24 and steals with 17 while junior guard Corey Dean is chipping in with 11.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
Turnovers are what the Bulldogs are hoping to slow as they've given the ball up 183 times on the season compared to 136 for their opponents.
Montevallo, a NCAA Division II school, has won four of its last five games and is coming off a 92-81 overtime win over Miles College in the University of Alabama-Huntsville Jan Lusk Classic.
Junior guard D.J. Towns (6-2, 195) leads the Falcons with 19.7 ppg while freshman forward Marcus Kennedy (6-4, 245) is chipping in with 17.1 ppg and 7.8 rpg for Montevallo. The Falcons top rebounder is Marcus Lewis (6-9, 210) with 10.3 rpg and the junior center is also hitting for 7.8 ppg and leads the Falcons with 16 blocked shots.
"Montevallo is 8-2 and is off to a great start," Richard said. "I'm sure they are coming in with a good deal of confidence and we'll have to play well."
The game will be broadcast live on KXKZ-FM (107.5) with Dave Nitz handling play-by-play action and can also be found on the internet at www.z107-5.com with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m.