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Bulldogs atop the conference again

February 21, 2014

 

Kenyon McNeail became the 36th member of the Bulldogs 1,000 point club during last Saturday’s home win against Rice. – Photo by Donny Crowe

Kenyon McNeail became the 36th member of the Bulldogs 1,000 point club during last Saturday’s home win against Rice. – Photo by Donny Crowe

Will Trahan
Staff Reporter

 

Tech is 21-5 overall and in a three-way tie for first place in Conference USA with a 9-2 conference record.

 

This year has seen its share of adversity with guard Raheem Appleby sustaining an ankle injury pretty early in the season.

 

“Raheem is back jogging and it is nice to see him jog, but it is nicer to see him shoot it,” head coach Michael Withe said. “He got some buckets with nobody guarding him on the Thomas Assembly Center goals over the past couple of days.

 

He has had more smiles come across his face over the last few days then he has in the month prior. He is eager to get back and we are eager to have him back.”

 

Two players have stepped up in Appleby’s absence with increased minutes, Jaron Johnson and Kenyon McNeail.

 

McNeail is averaging over 10 points a game while Johnson is averaging nine a game.

 

McNeail also just passed a career milestone with Louisiana Tech as he registered his 1,000th career point against Rice. McNeail became the 36th player in Bulldog basketball to accomplish this feat.

 

“He is a 1,000 point scorer, who for the most part has come off the bench the last three years of his career, after starting his freshman year,” White said. “That takes a pretty special kid.”

 

McNeail has a reputation as a shooter, but to his team he is much more than just a sharp shooter.

 

“It is not about how many shots he gets up, or threes he hits or how many minutes he gets,” White said. “Kenyon is always about winning and he has always been that way. He has been that way his entire basketball career going back to high school.”

 

Another feat that was met in the game against Rice occurred as Kenneth Smith passed the ball to Jaron Johnson, who drained a three as Smith got his 500th career assist.

 

Only two other players in Louisiana Tech history have completed that feat before Smith became the third Saturday.

 

Another positive for the Bulldogs is for the third time this season, the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team garnered points in the Associated Press Top 25 with the latest poll released Monday.

 

The Bulldogs picked up one point in the week 16 AP poll after having five for week 11 and one for week 13.

 

The Bulldogs are on a four-game winning streak heading into tonight’s game at East Carolina.

 

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