Found November 24, 2011 on
Louisiana Tech Athletics:
The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team will be spending Thanksgiving weekend in Laramie, Wyo. to compete in the Jim Thorpe Classic against Maryland Eastern Shore, Portland State and Wyoming.
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David Amerson received the news on Monday afternoon. The NC State sophomore cornerback is one of three finalists for the 2011 Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the top defensive back in college football.
After they get their fill of turkey, Cowboy fans will have a chance to get their fill of basketball this weekend. The University of Wyoming men's basketball team will host Portland State, Maryland Eastern Shore and Louisiana Tech for the Jim Thorpe Classic on Friday-Sunday in the Arena-Auditorium.
Louisiana Tech's football program has gotten in the spirit of the holiday season this week as head coach Sonny Dykes announced three walk-on players would be receiving scholarships starting in the winter 2011 quarter. DJ Banks, Craig Johnson and Hunter Lee will all go on scholarship next week.
Louisiana Tech shot a season-high 58 percent from the field and four Lady Techsters scored in double figures in an 84-71 win over Old Dominion Friday afternoon at the University of Virgin Islands Sports and Recreation Center in day two of the Paradise Jam.
Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Tommy Spangler was named one of 29 nominees for the Broyles Award late Wednesday, an award given to the nation's top assistant coach.
Louisiana Tech returns home for the team's regular season finale Saturday as the Bulldogs (7-4, 5-1 Western Athletic) host New Mexico State (4-7, 2-3 WAC) at 3 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium with a chance to clinch a WAC Championship.
Behind 14 second-half points from senior guard Trevor Gaskins (Alpharetta, Ga.), the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team (2-1) defeated Maryland Eastern Shore (1-5) 73-54 in the first game of the Jim Thorpe Classic Friday afternoon at Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo. as five Bulldogs scored in double-figures.