Louisiana Tech and UTEP played two entertaining games during the Conference USA season last year with the Miners ultimately winning both in El Paso, including an 81-72 Miner victory in the quarterfinals of the league tournament in March.
And although it’s a new year for both programs, today’s 6:30 p.m. match-up at the Thomas Assembly Center has all the makings for another intense 40 minutes of basketball.
LAFAYETTE — Fresh off its fourth-place finish at the Bayou City Collegiate Championships last weekend, the Louisiana Tech Bulldog golf team will head south to compete in the annual Louisiana Classics starting today.
Head coach Jeff Parks’ Bulldogs will compete in the 14-team field that includes six Top 50 ranked teams and a total of 10 Top 100 ranked programs during the 54-hole event that will be held at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette (6,898-yard, par 72).
Southern Miss scored five runs in the first inning, which led the Golden Eagles to a series sweep of Louisiana Tech with an 8-3 win over the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Pete Taylor Park.
A five-run first inning gave Southern Miss (24-17, 13-5 C-USA) an early advantage in the final game of the weekend, while the Bulldogs scored three runs late in the game, but the deficit was too much to overcome for Tech (10-27, 4-17 C-USA).
Cody Carroll (3-0) started for Southern Miss and earned the win after holding the Bulldogs to three hits in six innings on the mound.
Louisiana Tech University Head Coach Jeff Parks announced today that the program’s fall golf tournament will be renamed the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate in order to honor the former legendary Bulldog letterman.
“Jim was all about education and golf,” said Debbie Rivers, wife of the late Jim Rivers. “He always felt like education came first, and if you could play golf along the way that was great. I just feel privileged to have the opportunity to honor Jim and for his legacy to live on with something that mattered to him. I feel like he gave everything to everyone else all of his life. He was always working for the community. I can’t think of a better way to honor him through golf and education.