Tech hosts Texas Southern at TAC

Louisiana Tech returns home Wednesday night to face Texas Southern at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. 

The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM and through the Louisiana Tech Athletics app with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. It can also be seen streamed on ESPN+.

The Bulldogs are riding an 11-game home winning streak, tied for the 17th longest active streak in the country.

LA Tech (4-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped this past Saturday with a 90-81 loss at NC State.  The Bulldogs found themselves down 15 points midway through the first half.  They were able to cut the deficit down to four, but could never get over the hump despite shooting 50.8 percent from the field (third straight game of shooting at least 49 percent).

Kenneth Lofton, Jr. had a performance for the ages, recording 36 points (14-of-19 from the field), 17 rebounds and four assists.  He became the first Bulldog since Karl Malone in 1982 to register a 35-point, 15-rebound game.

The power forward was named Conference USA Player of the Week after averaging 27.5 points while shooting 69 percent from the field (20-of-29) and 71 percent from the foul line (15-of-21) in the two games against ULM and NC State.  He also averaged 14.5 rebounds for the week. 

The Bulldogs have scored 80+ points in four straight games and are averaging 80.8 points per game, ranking 52nd in the country.  Lofton, Jr. (18.2), Keaston Willis (13.3) and Amorie Archibald (11.8) are the top three scorers.  

Texas Southern (0-6) is winless on the season, having suffered losses on the road to Oregon, Saint Mary’s, Washington, Air Force, NC State and BYU.  Four of those six losses have come by single digits while the Tigers are in the midst of a 13-game road swing to begin the season.

TSU, a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season and is picked to finish first in the SWAC this season, is one of the best rebounding teams in the country.  They average 39.8 rebounds per game, including 14.7 offensive boards which ranks 14th in the country.  Defensively, they have held three of their opponents to 70 points or less. 

There are three Tigers averaging double-figure points, led by John Walker III who is averaging 12.2 points per game.  He has gotten to the free throw line 30 times and made 24.  PJ Henry is right behind him, averaging 11.3 points with a team-high eight made three-pointers.

This will be just the third meeting between LA Tech and Texas Southern and the first since 2000.  The first meeting came in the 1979-80 season opener in Ruston with the Bulldogs winning, 88-69.  The ‘Dogs were also an 83-64 winner in the second meeting.

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