Dogs home; Techsters on the road tonight

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Strategic Communications

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech looks to remain unbeaten in conference when they play host to Southern Miss tonight at 6 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.  The Bulldogs have won five straight and nine of their last 10 games.

The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM and via the LA Tech Athletics app. It will also be live on CBS Sports Network.

LA Tech (13-3, 4-0) completed a conference road sweep and improved to 4-0 in C-USA after defeating UTSA, 79-63.  The Bulldogs made a season-high 14 three-pointers, which set a single-game program record in a true road game.  They also had 19 assists to just seven turnovers in picking up their first victory in San Antonio since 2017. 

Amorie Archibald had an epic shooting performance, going 12-of-14 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc in route to a career-high 31 points.  He has bumped his scoring average up to 14.3 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

Kenneth Lofton, Jr. registered his third straight double-double and the ninth of the season (sixth most in the country) with 12 points and 16 rebounds to go along with a career-high five assists.  He continues to pace the ‘Dogs in scoring and rebounding at 16.7 and 10.8 per game, respectively. 

Cobe Williams scored 15 points versus the Roadrunners while making a career-high five threes.  He is averaging 10.1 points per game on the season and leads the team in scoring during league action at 18.0 points per game.

LA Tech is off to its best start in C-USA since they started out 5-0 in 2014-15.  They are also looking to extend their home winning streak as they have won 17 straight in the TAC.   

USM (5-9, 1-1) snapped a six-game losing streak when they picked up a 74-73 victory over UTSA in its C-USA opener.  It was the Golden Eagles first ever win in San Antonio and their first true road win of the season.  They ended up splitting their road weekend after falling at UTEP, 87-54.

They have had nine different players start at least three games this season and are led by Tyler Stevenson who has started all 13 games he has played in.  The forward is averaging 12.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

LA Tech and Southern Miss will meet for the 88th time with the Golden Eagles having a narrow lead in the series, 44-43.  However, the Bulldogs have won 13 of the last 15 matchups, including wins of 76-63 and 65-62 last season in Ruston.

The ‘Dogs have never lost to the Golden Eagles inside the Thomas Assembly Center, having won all nine matchups.

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team looks to avenge Sunday’s 65-59 loss to Southern Miss as the series shifts to Hattiesburg tonight with tipoff set for 6 p.m. inside the Reed Green Coliseum.

The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM and via the LA Tech Athletics App. It can be seen on ESPN+.

The Lady Techsters (8-6, 0-3) suffered their first home loss of the season falling to Southern Miss 65-59 last Sunday.\

Sophomore Anna Larr Roberson registered her fifth double-double of the season and 12th of her career with 18 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds. She continues to lead the Lady Techsters in rebounding while ranking second in C-USA with 9.7 boards per game.

Junior Keiunna Walker became the 43rd Lady Techster in program history to surpass 1,000 career points with 17 points in the loss. Walker ranks amongst the conference leaders in scoring (5th, 16.8), free throw attempts (107) and free throws made (85). Her 107 free throws attempted and 85 free throws made ranks her third in the NCAA this season.

Defensively, Tech ranks as one of the best defensive teams in C-USA. The Lady Techsters ranks third in both scoring defense (57.1 ppg), fourth in blocked shots (3.6 bpg) and in turnovers forced (20.1 tfpg), fifth in steals (9.9 spg) and sixth in field goal percentage defense (38.3%)

The Golden Eagles (9-5, 1-2) came away victorious in game one of the series in Ruston, using a late fourth quarter surge to defeat Tech. Southern Miss converted eight of their last 10 free throws in the final minutes of the game to seal the win.

LSU transfer Domonique Davis went 9-of-17 from the field and 8-of-14 from the free throw line on the way to a game-high 27 points. Davis leads the Golden Eagles in scoring at 15.2 points per game, while also dishing out a league-best 55 assists.

Sophomore Rose Warren also reached double-figures for Southern Miss, scoring 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Warren also collected a new career-high five steals and five rebounds in the win over the Lady Techsters.

Southern Miss averages 69.0 points per game while yielding 65.1 points per game. The Golden Eagles shoot a league best 43.1 percent from the field, including 30.1 percent from three and 62.9 percent from the free throw line.

Southern Miss has taken a one game lead in the all-time series (11-10). The Golden Eagles have now won five of the last six meetings, with three of the wins coming in Hattiesburg. Southern Miss has won six of the last total meetings in the Reed Green Coliseum The first ever meeting between the two programs came in 1989-90 when LA Tech defeated Southern Miss 89-70 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


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