Jan. 17, 2009
RUSTON -- The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-10; 2-3 WAC) snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon against Idaho (8-10; 2-3 WAC) by a final score of 74-63 in their last contest of a three-game home stand before returning to the road next week.
"Today, we wanted to come out and play hard," Rupp said. "We wanted to also be focused every possession. Our points in the paint today were big for us. Everyone came out with great energy and gave great effort. We did some very good things offensively, and we were able to keep our focus defensively. This was a good win."
The Bulldogs started the day on a 4-0 run and took as much as an 18-10 lead early in the first half of play.
Idaho had climbed back in the first half, however, before junior Jamel Guyton converted the rare four-point-play after being fouled while hitting a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 24-17 lead. Tech stayed ahead of Idaho for the remainder of the half and took a 38-30 lead into the halftime locker room.
Tech led by as many as 14 points in the second half before Idaho again closed the gap to trail by eight points with 8:20 left to play at 55-47.
Idaho would pull close one final time and trailed by seven at 62-55 with 2:32 to play, but would not get any closer for the rest of the afternoon.
Junior Kyle Gibson led Tech scorers with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while junior Magnum Rolle added some thunderous dunks in the second half to keep the crowd electrified. Rolle finished with 19 points, while Guyton finished the day with 12.
"We need to take charges and we need to keep our intensity at a high level," Rupp said. "I want our team to be about diving for loose balls, and I want our big guys to manage the paint. Magnum did a good job for us today. I like how our big guys played today. Even though we only had ten offensive rebounds, I like the way they played."
The Bulldogs hit the road again to take on Fresno State Thursday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on KXKZ 107.5 FM with a live audio feed available on the internet at www.z1075fm.com.