Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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LSU all-American running back, Leonard Fournette announced via his twitter account that he will make himself available for the 2017 NFL Draft, giving up his last year of college eligibility. Fournette posted his “farewell letter” to LSU fans Monday afternoon, thanking his supporters who have been rooting for him from his high school playing days until now.

Fournette, expected to be a top-10 draft choice, thanked the fans, his teammates, the LSU support staff, his coaches and one specific shout-out to Ed Orgeron for stepping in this season.

Fournette’s final season started with his name mentioned prominently among the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. An ankle injury suffered in a scrimmage just before the season opener against Wisconsin hampered him throughout the season, causing Fournette to miss numerous games. In his farewell letter, he makes it clear that he intends to rehab his ankle and suit up for the Tigers in their New Year’s Eve Citrus Bowl date with Louisville.

The Heisman Trophy finalists were announced Monday… making the trip to New York City this weekend for the ceremony will be front-runner Lamar Jackson, the Louisville Cardinals quarterback who becomes LSU’s problem in the Citrus Bowl.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma’s pass-catch combo of quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook were also named finalists for the award given to college football’s most outstanding player.

Louisiana Tech wore out Alcorn State, 98-65 in a men's basketball game Monday night in the Thomas Assembly Center. Jacobi Boykins, Erik McCree and Derric Jean each scored 20 points to pace the Dogs to victory.

Head coach Eric Konkol had his players ready to roll from the opening tip, evident by a game-starting 11-0 run. The home team buried 8-of-11 three point shots in the first half to help establish a 47-22 halftime lead. Tech cooled off a smidge in the second half from behind the arc, but still managed to finish 13-of-21 from long range as part of a 56% shooting night overall.

The New Orleans Pelicans dueled Memphis to the wire and beyond, but came up short in a 110-108 double overtime loss at home.

Grizzlies all-star, Marc Gasol was a difference maker on both ends of the floor. He hit a three-point shot with seven seconds to play in regulation to send the game into overtime. In the first extra session, he blocked a pair of shots, including the potential game winner from Terrence Jones in the closing seconds. In the second overtime, Gasol’s jumper with 1:16 to play proved to be the game winning points.

The loss is the third in a row for New Orleans after a nice little four game winning streak. Anthony Davis led the Pels with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Baton Rouge native, Langston Galloway scored a season best 26 points with 18 of those coming on long range bombs.