Jan. 4, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Senior Magnum Rolle recorded a double-double as Louisiana Tech easily defeated Utah State 82-60 on Monday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The win over the Western Athletic Conference preseason favorite was the Bulldog's seventh-straight win as they improved to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in the WAC.
Rolle recorded his seventh-straight game in double-figures with 21 points and earned his sixth double-double with 14 rebounds.
"We were fortunate to get on them early and disrupt them a little bit," head coach Kerry Rupp said. "We didn't want to sit back and let them dictate. We wanted to force the tempo and dictate the game."
Three of Tech's first four field goals were three pointers as they set the tone and opened up to an early 11-6 lead. Jamel Guyton stole a pass and finished with a one-handed dunk to during a 13-6 run to take a 26-13 lead with six minutes remaining in the half.
The Bulldogs held the Aggies to 8-of-26 shooting (30.8 percent) in the first half and were 4-of-9 from three-point range to take a 34-20 halftime lead.
In the second half, LA Tech scored 19 of the first 25 points to lead 53-24. The Bulldogs continued to pile on the points and led by as many as 33 points midway through the half before beginning to rest the starters.
"I'm expecting every game to go down to the wire," Rupp said. "This is not how it's normally going to be. That's a very good team with a very good coach and a very good program. When we play with energy and enthusiasm we give ourselves a great chance to win."
Five Bulldogs scored in double figures as Guyton scored 17, Kyle Gibson scored 16 and Olu Ashaolu chipped in 11. Senior David Jackson played 19 minutes off the bench and scored 11 points and had six rebounds.
After five turnovers in the first half, junior DeAndre Brown led the offense to 48 points in the second half with no turnovers in the period on way to a season-high nine assists.
LA Tech shot 69.2 percent in the second half and 53.3 percent in the game. They were accurate from three-point range shooting 7-of-14 from beyond the arc led by Guyton, who hit 3-of-4.
Nate Bendall led the Aggies with 14 points and six rebounds as they fell to 10-6 overall and 0-2 in the WAC.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for two games in Idaho starting with a game at the University of Idaho on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CT.