Bulldogs host midweek noon contest today

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech closes out non-conference play on Wednesday when they host Jarvis Christian at noon inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 21 | 12 p.m. CT
Location: Thomas Assembly Center (Ruston, La.)
TV/Stream: CUSA.tv
Radio: LA Tech Sports Network | LA Tech Athletics App
Stats: LATechSports.com/Stats

LA Tech suffered its third straight loss this past Saturday, falling on the road to UTEP by a score of 60-55 in the Conference USA opener.  The Bulldogs had their worst offensive performance of the season, registering season lows in points (55), field goal percentage (29.6), and three-point field goal percentage (16.0). 

The Bulldogs did enough defensively, forcing 18 turnovers which is right around their season average of 18.36 per game.  That statistic ranks second in C-USA behind only UTEP as well as ranking 16th nationally.  LA Tech has forced 15+ turnovers in eight of its 11 games.

LA Tech combined for 11 steals as well, bringing its season total of double-digit steals to five (four times in the last five games).  Five of those came courtesy of Cobe Williams who now has a team-high 28, which ranks 17th in the country.

Williams also anchored the ‘Dogs offensively with a game-high 18 points, the fifth time this season he has been the team’s leading scorer.  He stayed put with his average of 17.9 points, which ranks third in C-USA. 

The Bulldogs look to avoid their fourth straight loss, something that has only happened once in the last decade.  They are also looking to avoid their second straight home defeat, which is also a rarity as it has happened just twice in the last 10 years.

Jarvis Christian started the season at 3-4 before suffering three straight narrow losses to Our Lady of the Lake (67-66), Texas College (83-78), and most recently to Southwest which was a 116-111 double overtime loss.  

JCU has also played four exhibition games this season against Nicholls State, Chadron State College, Texas-Permian Basin, and Rice.  The Bulldogs faced the Owls in Houston this past Monday, falling 109-64.  The matchup with LA Tech will be their fifth and final exhibition of the season.

Five Bulldogs are averaging at least eight points per game, led by James Phillip Russell at 12.6.  He is followed closely by Jakobe Dill who is averaging 11.6 points per game while shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc (averages 2.5 three-pointers a game).  The two combined for 46 points in their OT loss against Southwest.

LA Tech defeated Jarvis Christian, 91-61, last season in Ruston in what was the first ever meeting between the two programs.  LA Tech had five players score in double figures, led by Keaston Willis who tallied 19 points.

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