Louisiana Tech was held to a .176 hitting percentage and committed 17 errors, which led to a 3-0 (16-25, 19-25, 20-25) defeat to Southern Miss in the Conference USA opener on Monday night in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech totaled 35 kills and hit .176 compared to Southern Miss’ 42 kills and .298 attacking percentage.
Tech plays host to first-year C-USA member Western Kentucky in a 7 p.m. match on Friday.
HUNTINGTON, W.V. — Marshall’s Rakeem Cato hit Deon-Tay McManus on a five-yard scoring strike with 1:50 remaining Saturday as the Thundering Herd rallied to take a 26-23 win in a rain-soaked Conference USA championship game.
Tech’s defense forced four turnovers against the Herd (12-1, 7-1 C-USA), but it was a giveaway of their own that sealed the Bulldogs’ fate as on the first play following the ensuing kickoff, Tech’s Cody Sokol was picked off by Neville Hewitt and the Thundering Herd ran out the clock from there.
GRAMBLING — James Jones made it on his own as one of Grambling State University’s all-time best basketball players.
But the Tallulah native will also be the first to tell you that, had it not been for arguably the greatest hoopster in the school’s history, there’s no way he would have experienced such stardom.
“When I was a freshman at Grambling,” Jones recalled this past weekend, when he was among the 14 inductees into the 2011 class of the GSU Legends Hall of Fame, “Willis Reed took me under his wings and instilled a lot of confidence in me, letting me know that I could succeed at the college level.