With an outfield wall photo of the late and legendary Pat “Gravy” Patterson keeping “watch” nearby, Kyle Roliard makes a throw during a Louisiana Tech University home game this season. The Bulldogs’ junior batted .330 to finish among the Western Athletic Conference leaders.
Kyle Roliard is having a good week.
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MEMPHIS — Louisiana Tech held Memphis’ star player to just eight points, but a Tigers team who came in shooting only 24 percent from beyond the arc made 10 3-pointers to help down the Bulldogs, 94-68, on Tuesday night inside the FedEx Forum.
Tech (5-1) dug itself a first half hole that it could not crawl out of, going down by as much as 25 points due to a 28-6 Memphis (4-2) run which included nine straight made field goals.
Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs had their 18-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday night, as the Bulldogs fell to New Mexico State 78-60 at the Pan American Center in front of an announced crowd of 6,941.
The conference loss was a first for Tech (26-4, 16-1 WAC) this season. The Bulldogs had gone almost three months without a defeat.
The Bulldogs quickly jumped on NMSU (20-10, 13-4 WAC) to start the game, opening up a 23-13 advantage after a jumper by Raheem Appleby.
So it will be for Grambling State University’s football team on Saturday when they face Texas Christian University at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
It’s one of those meetings between a Football Championship Series team and Football Bowl Subdivision program in which the scenario is oh-so-familiar: the school from the lower echelon (what was formerly known as the NCAA’s 1-AA category) accepts a triple-digit guarantee while knowing full well that the chances of pulling off an upset loom between nil and narrow.