Jan. 10, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Louisiana Tech had 11 different players score, led by guard Cordarius Johnson with 17, as the Bulldogs took down Texas State 84-67 on Thursday night at Strahan Coliseum.
The victory marked LA Tech's fifth straight and improved their overall record to 13-3 and a perfect 4-0 in WAC play. The loss is the eighth straight for the Bobcats as they fell to 4-13 on the season and 0-5 in the WAC.
Both teams started off cold from the field, shooting a combined 2-for-13 with the score knotted up 2-2 four minutes into the contest.
The Bulldogs then went on a quick 10-0 run sparked by guard Brandon Gibson's lay-in off one of the team's 19 offensive rebounds of the game.
Head coach Michael White went to his deep bench early and often and the Bulldogs continued to attack the glass throughout the entire game, outrebounding the Bobcats 54-32 and putting in 23 second chance points.
LA Tech went into halftime with the starters scoring 20 points and the bench scoring 18 to take a 38-21 lead into the break.
"I thought we really attacked the glass," said White. "We played with some energy, some effort and some physicality. We are attacking the glass and that's our job. We should have three flying in their on every possession.
"I was really pleased at halftime with our defense. We had given up 21 points and we had only fouled twice and some of those points they had four or five tough shots that they made."
In the second half, Texas State opened with a 16-5 run in the first four minutes to pull to within seven, but Johnson got hot from three-point range tying his career-high with five threes.
"[Cordarius] got some really good looks," said White. "Credit our bigs for running and sucking in the defense to give him a bunch of space. And credit to [Kenneth] Smith who had six assists tonight. He really got guys some good looks. I was happy for Cordarius to get his confidence going because we need that in the future."
Two made free throws from Johnson with 6:44 to go pushed their largest lead of the game to 75-52 as the Bulldogs cruised to the win.
Guard Raheem Appleby scored 12 points and guard Jaron Johnson registered a career-high 10 points as LA Tech shot 43 percent from the field for the game. Five other Bulldogs chipped in at least six points in the all-around offensive effort as the bench wound up outscoring the Bobcat bench 35-6.
Forward Joel Wright led the Bobcats with a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds.
The Bulldogs will have a quick turnaround as they travel to take on the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.
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