LA Tech Faces Marshall on ESPN3
Dec. 29, 2017
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech will quickly have to put its loss in the conference opener behind them as they face another tough opponent in Marshall on the road on Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT at the Cam Henderson Center.
The matchup will be streamed live on WatchESPN and through the WatchESPN app with Mark Martin and Bob Bolen calling the action.
Fans also listen to the Voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz call the game on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.
It was definitely a tale of two halves in the league opener for LA Tech (9-5, 0-1 C-USA) at WKU. The Bulldogs trailed by as much as 14 in the first stanza, allowing the Hilltoppers to shoot 52 percent.
That was not the case in the second stanza. WKU was limited to just 30 percent shooting, but they pulled down 10 offensive boards after halftime that proved to be the difference.
It marked the sixth game this season that LA Tech has had a game decided by five points or less (2-4 record). The ‘Dogs only had four such games all of last season.
Bracey has scored in double figures in 13 of 14 games this season and is averaging a team-best 15.8 points and 5.1 assists per game. Boykins is right behind, averaging 14.1 points and a team-high 5.3 boards per game.
Jean is third on the team in points per game with an average of 9.3, all coming off the bench in the 13 games he has played in.
Scoring will most certainly be a necessity against Marshall (10-4, 1-0 C-USA) who is the same ole Marshall, putting up loads of points and shooting loads of threes.
The Herd became the first C-USA team to double-digit wins this past Thursday with a convincing 85-66 victory in their league opener.
They have won six of their last seven games, averaging 88.9 points per game for the season which ranks first in the conference and 11th in the nation. They are led by point guard Jon Elmore, a First Team All-Conference USA selection a year ago. He is averaging 22.9 points (13th in the country) and 7.6 assists per game (sixth in the country).
Another key player in their lineups has been junior forward Ajdin Penava who is averaging a double-double with 19.0 points and 10.2 boards per contest. He also ranks No. 1 in the nation in blocked shots with 68 of them.
Marshall has attempted a grand total of 385 three-pointers on the season which surprisingly is not the most in C-USA (UTSA leads in that category with 415). The Herd are shooting just 34 percent from deep, but can get hot at any time.
Good and bad moments come to mind for LA Tech versus Marshall. The last time the Bulldogs played in Huntington, West Virginia, Jean hit the half-court shot at the buzzer to win it, 97-94.
The last time these two teams met though, the Herd ended the Bulldogs season in the C-USA Tournament semifinals as they made 19 three-pointers to win, 93-77. That was the first victory for Marshall in the series which LA Tech leads, 7-1.
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.
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