LA Tech Breaks Century Mark in Victory over Central Baptist


 

 

Feb. 20, 2013

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RUSTON - Louisiana Tech had seven players score in double digits on Wednesday night as the Bulldogs defeated Central Baptist 118-48 in a non-conference matchup inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

Not only did LA Tech (24-3, 14-0 WAC) break the century mark for the first time since Dec. 12, 2009, the team also broke the program record for the longest winning streak with their 16th straight victory. It is a stretch run that dates back to before Christmas break.

"I'm really happy for our players just to be able to talk about it for the rest of their lives," said head coach Michael White. "They set a record that is a pretty neat accomplishment, especially considering the history of this program and the good teams and good players that have come through here."

The Bulldogs were quickly off to the races after the tip, forcing two turnovers and scoring six points in the first 32 seconds of the game.

One of Raheem Appleby's three three-pointers on the night gave LA Tech a 13-0 edge before Central Baptist (6-24, 2-14 MCAC) got on the scoreboard with a three-pointer of their own.

Up 22-10 with 12:04 to go in the first stanza, the Bulldogs finished the half with a 37-11 run going into the break with a 59-21 advantage.

Even though the Bulldogs continued to shoot from beyond the arc, setting a program record for most attempted (41) and tying a program record for most made (15), the coaching staff put an emphasis on interior production for tonight's contest.

Forwards Chris Anderson, Michale Kyser, Isaiah Massey and Gilbert Talbot were all big contributors in that area, each scoring in double figures.

Anderson had nine points and eight rebounds in the first half alone while Massey scored a career-high 12 points.

With the Bulldogs up 78-27 with 12:45 remaining in the game, Talbot checked in and played the rest of the game. The freshman out of Houma, La. had a career night, recording a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The point guard tandem of Kenneth Smith and Alex Hamilton registered a remarkable 20 assists combined with only one turnover between them en route to the 70-point win.

"I thought we made some pretty good decisions," said White about his team. "I don't think we took a selfish shot all night. I was really proud of our guys. The biggest thing, offensively, was to get some interior production. I thought we got better in that area today."

The Mustangs were led by Blake Hanney who led all scorers with 23 points. Carl Corman had a game-high 12 rebounds, while also blocking six shots.

LA Tech returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 28 as they resume WAC play against Utah State in a 7 p.m. nationally televised contest inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

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