Rallying Bulldogs Come Up Short in Honolulu

Junior Magnum Rolle
Junior Magnum Rolle

Jan. 6, 2009

Box Score

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Hawaii junior Bill Amis' eight-foot jumper with 8.1 seconds left put the Hawaii Warriors (9-5; 1-1 WAC) ahead 65-64 over a rallying Louisiana Tech Bulldog team (7-8; 1-1 WAC) Monday night in the Stan Sheriff Center.

"We dug ourselves into an early hole, but our kids got back in by battling and competing," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "We tried to take away Hawaii's layups in the second half and shell up on the defensive end. Our hats go off to Hawaii; they played a great game."

The Warriors began the game shooting 11-of-12 from the field causing the Bulldogs to fall behind 24-11 early with about 11 minutes left to play in the first half. Hawaii "cooled off" and shot only 65 percent for the rest of the half.

Tech, however, followed with an 11-2 run over next five minutes to cut the lead to 26-22. The Bulldogs out-scored the Warriors 13-11 for the remainder of the first half and trailed only 37-35 going into the halftime locker room.

Tech got within one point two different times; first with 12:38 remaining for a score of 50-49 and again at 3:32 for a 60-59 score. Junior Magnum Rolle gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the night with 2:30 left to play 61-60 and added to it with another jumper with less than two minutes for a 63-60 lead.

Junior Kenneth Cooper led the Bulldogs with 14 points and seven rebounds, while junior David Jackson totaled 11 points. Rolle finished the night with 10 points and eight boards.

Amis led the Warriors with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

The Bulldogs hit the court again Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. to host the Utah State Aggies in the Thomas Assembly Center. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN Plus and can be seen locally on Cox Sports channel 26. KXKZ 107.5 FM will be broadcasting the game live over the radio with a live audio feed at www.z1075fm.com. The pregame show will start around 30 minutes before tip off.