G- 04 Kenneth Smith (5.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
G- 00 Alex Hamilton (15.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
G- 03 Raheem Appleby (16.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg)
F- 02 Erik McCree (12.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
F- 01 Michale Kyser (8.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
Raheem Appleby -- The 6-foot-4 junior leads the team in scoring and was named first team All-WAC, first team All-LSWA and first team All-District 6 by NABC as a sophomore.
Louisiana Tech Notables
Louisiana Tech takes its second crack at an ACC opponent on Tuesday night against the Wolfpack of North Carolina State. The matchup comes just nine days after the ‘Dogs faced Syracuse.
SHARP-SHOOTING, BALL-STALING BULLDOGS TAKE DOWN COLONELS
The Bulldogs scored 42 points off of 27 forced turnovers to cruise to a 79-54 victory over Nicholls State on Thursday night. The defensive pressure was anchored by Kenneth Smith and Alex Hamilton who combined for 10 steals and the offensive output was led by Raheem Appleby and Xavian Stapleton who combined to score 38 points, including nine of the team’s 15 three-pointers.
RANDOM NUGGETS FROM THURSDAY'S VICTORY
The 18 points scored by Xavian Stapleton was the most by a Bulldog true freshman since Dec. 31, 2012 when Alex Hamilton scored 20 against New Mexico State.
The Bulldog defense forced a season-high 27 turnovers. It matched the most turnovers ever by a team under coach White. The only other time was on Nov. 19, 2011 at UT Arlington.
The Bulldogs made 15 three-pointers and 14 two-pointers. The last time LA Tech made more three-pointers than two-pointers was on March 15, 2014 in the C-USA Tournament finals against Tulsa where they made 11 three-pointers and just six two-pointers.
JUST SHORT AGAINST LAST ACC OPPONENT
LA Tech was trying to do something that had only been done once in the last 55 attempts and that was beat Syracuse in non-conference play on its home court.
That one time came in the Orange’s previous game and the Bulldogs nearly made it back-to-back.
Down by 10 with 3:46 left to go, the Bulldogs made one last run behind Alex Hamilton’s nine straight points to pull even with the Orange, 69-69, with 25 seconds left in the game. After a block by Michale Kyser went out of bounds off of LA Tech, SU’s Rakeem Christmas hit a contested hook shot off the in-bounds play with 2.8 seconds remaining and the home team escaped with a 71-69 win in front of 19,156 fans inside the Carrier Dome.
NORTH CAROLINA CONNECTIONS
Tuesday night may be the first time Louisiana Tech and North Carolina State meet on the hardwood, but the Bulldogs have quite a few connections to nearby Durham which is about 30 minutes northeast of Raleigh, the state capital and home city of the Wolfpack.
Head coach Michael White’s father -- Kevin White -- is the athletics director at Duke.
Director of basketball operations Kyle Church was born in Durham and walked-on at Charlotte. His dad is also the women’s soccer head coach at Duke.
Graduate assistant manager Jonathan Blake was born in Durham and graduated from UNC.
VERSUS THE ACC
Of the 12 times LA Tech has faced a current member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, five of those have come during postseason play.
POWER FIVE OPPONENTS GO DOWN
In the past two seasons, LA Tech has gone on the road and shocked teams from the SEC, ACC, and Big 12.
In March of 2013, the Bulldogs upset Florida State in Tallahassee in what was the first round of the NIT. LA Tech continued the upset trend in 2013-14 season by winning at Oklahoma in overtime during the regular season and ran away with a victory at Georgia in the NIT second round.
During the two past seasons, the Bulldogs are the only team in the country to defeat an SEC, ACC, and Big 12 opponent all in a true road game.
Louisiana Tech athletics contributed to this report.