Mubarak Muhammed
Darrell James

Men's Basketball Kane McGuire

LA Tech Takes on Tougaloo in the TAC

Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night

RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team will play its final home game of the month of November on Tuesday night when they host Tougaloo at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
 
The matchup will be streamed live on CUSA.tv (subscription required).  Fans can also listen to the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen call the action through the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KRMD 100.7 FM/1340 AM (Shreveport) as well as on  the Louisiana Tech X mobile app. 
 
LA Tech (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season this past Friday, falling 74-67 to No. 22 LSU in Baton Rouge.  The Bulldogs built as much as an eight-point lead in the second half and were neck-and-neck with the Tigers at 62 apiece late in the game, but the home team was able to pull away. 
 
Sophomore forward Anthony Duruji was arguably the best player on the floor that night, scoring a season-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting which included three three-pointers.  He also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds while playing a career-high 37 minutes of action.
 
He became the fourth player in four games this season to lead the team in scoring in a single game.  Junior guard DaQuan Bracey had 16 in the season-opening win at Wichita State, sophomore guard Amorie Archibald registered 17 in the home opener versus Sam Houston State and Mubarak Muhammed was the leading scorer at 17 points in the win over Harding.
 
While scoring by committee has been a constant, so has the rebounding.  The Bulldogs outrebounded the Tigers by four, winning the rebounding battle for a fourth time. 
 
LA Tech has recorded over 40 boards in each of the last three games with an average of 43.7 per game.  They have also registered at least 14 offensive rebounds in each of the last three games with an average of 15.7 per game. 
 
Tougaloo (5-1) has gotten off to a 5-1 start with wins over Mississippi University for Women, Texas College (twice), Freed-Hardeman and Wiley College.  They have scored over 100 points three times and are averaging 93.3 points per game. 
 
TC is led by senior forward Tonzell Handy who is averaging 21 points per game on 61 percent shooting, both highs in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC).  He is also averaging a league-best 12.0 rebounds per game. 
 
Tuesday will mark the third time LA Tech and Tougaloo face off against one another.  The two teams have played twice before, both in Ruston, in 2003 and 2005.  The last meeting between both Bulldogs came on Dec. 28, 2005 when LA Tech was a 92-58 winner. 
 
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates, notes, photos and more.
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