Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications
After two grueling games on the road, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs return home to the Thomas Assembly Center to face ULM tonight at 6 p.m.
The game begins a stretch of four games in six days for head coach Talvin Hester and Company. Tonight’s game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM and through the LA Tech Athletics app with Malcolm Butler and Jack Thigpen providing a call of the action.
LA Tech (1-2) led the majority of the game against UL-Lafayette this past Thursday, but the Ragin’ Cajuns went on a 19-3 run late in the second half to grab the lead and hang on in a final score of 94-88.
Both squads shot over 50 percent from the field, but the difference ended up being free throws as the Bulldogs went 13-of-14 from the foul line while the Cajuns were 22-of-32. The ‘Dogs were whistled for 29 fouls, the most in five years.
Cobe Williams was near unstoppable on offense, scoring a career-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The fourth-year guard is averaging a team-high 19.3 points per game, the most by a Bulldog through the first three games of a season since 2017.
Isaiah Crawford was the other Bulldog in double figures, scoring a season-high 18 points. It was the most points scored by the forward since March of 2021. He is currently averaging 12.0 points per game.
ULM (2-2) enters Monday having split its first four games, claiming lopsided wins over Dallas Christian and Central Baptist (cracked the century mark in both) while suffering defeats at Texas A&M and TCU. Most recently, the Warhawks fell, 95-60, to the nationally ranked Horned Frogs.
They were picked to finish 14th in the Sun Belt Conference preseason poll, coming off a 13-18 overall record last season and a 5-13 mark in league play. There are four Warhawks averaging at least nine points per game, led by Tyreke Locure who is averaging 13.3 points as well as 3.8 assists per game.
LA Tech leads the all-time series over ULM, 55-36. The first ever meeting between the two programs took place nearly 70 years ago in 1954. The Bulldogs and Warhawks, separated by only 35 miles, played every season at least twice all the way up until 1991.
Since then, they have faced off nine times with LA Tech winning all nine meetings. The ‘Dogs came out on top last season in Ruston, winning 96-74.
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