Bulldogs Never Trail, Win 60-49 over Idaho
Feb. 27, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Senior David Jackson made the most of his senior night with a season-high 13 points to lead Louisiana Tech to a 60-49 win over Idaho Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
LA Tech improved to 22-7 overall and 9-5 in the Western Athletic Conference while Idaho fell to 13-15 overall and 4-10 in the WAC.
"I thought we had a lot of guys who brought us great energy and effort tonight," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "We did a good job defensively, on the boards and taking care of the ball for the most part."
Jackson, a native of Tuscan, Ariz., was 5-of-8 from the field including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He tied a career-high with nine rebounds while making his second start of the season. Senior Jamel Guyton led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points. Sophomore Olu Ashaolu and junior DeAndre Brown added 10 points each as Tech improved to 11-2 at home.
Jackson scored 12 of his points in the first half as Tech took a 29-23 lead into halftime. With a 39-34 lead in the second half, the Bulldogs went on a 16-6 run over seven minutes of play to mount its biggest lead of the game, 55-40 with 5:08 remaining.
LA Tech shot 42.3 percent (22-52) from the field while holding Idaho to 38.9 percent (21-54). The Bulldogs played solid defense as they forced 11 steals and blocked six shots led by Ashaolu with three and two, respectively.
Sophomore Anson Bartlett made the most of his 20 minutes of playing time with three points, a career-high six rebounds and three steals. Playing his final home game, senior Magnum Rolle battled foul trouble to score eight points.
Marvin Jefferson led the Vandals with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field. Idaho outscored the Tech bench 22-3.
Tech will next play at Fresno State on Thursday at 9 p.m. CT.