Tech hoops hosts MTE today, Wednesday

Dravon Mangum

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech begins a stretch of three straight home games today when the Bulldogs host back-to-back tilts against Southern Utah and McNeese State as part of a multi-team event.

The Bulldogs host Southern Utah today at 3 p.m. and McNeese State Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Fans can listen to the broadcast on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM with Malcolm Butler and Jack Thigpen providing a call of the action.

Texas State is the fourth team in the MTE and will play at noon both days. Anyone possessing a ticket to the Bulldogs game can gain access into the first game each day with that same ticket.

Tech (2-1) continued its dominance over long-time rival ULM this past Thursday, defeating the Warhawks, 73-63, inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. It was the 11th straight win over ULM and the fifth straight in Monroe.

The Bulldogs trailed for only 37 seconds in the game but needed some timely plays to keep the Warhawks at bay. One of those Bulldogs making the timely plays was Isaiah Crawford who finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals.

Southern Utah (1-2) pounded Life Pacific at home by a score of 108-73. That first victory of the season was sandwiched in between narrow road losses to Cal State Bakersfield (73-72) and Utah State (93-84).

The Thunderbirds, which are averaging 88.0 points per game so far this season, have five players who are double-figure scorers. At the head of the pack is Prophet Johnson who is averaging 16.3 points thanks in large part to his back-to-back performances against Life and Utah State when he scored 22 and 24, respectively.

McNeese State (4-1) opened its season with four straight victories, including a season-opening upset win at VCU by a score of 76-65. The Cowboys backed that up with three straight blowout wins at home against College of Biblical Studies, Champion Christian, and LeTourneau.

McNeese did suffer its first loss of the season this past Saturday, falling 76-74 on the road at Western Carolina. They will face off against Texas State in a neutral-site game in the TAC on Tuesday before going up against LA Tech on Wednesday.

The Cowboys are averaging 87.4 points per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the field. They have dominated the glass so far with a +9.8 rebounding margin and are forcing their opponents to average 17.8 turnovers per game.

LA Tech leads the all-time series against SUU, 1-0. The lone meeting came during the 1998-99 season when the Bulldogs bested the Thunderbirds in overtime, 76-68, in the second game of the Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah.

LA Tech leads the all-time series over McNeese State, 55-39. The two in-state schools last met a decade ago in 2013 when the Bulldogs prevailed, 64-50, in Ruston.