March 11, 2010
RENO, Nev. - RENO, Nev. - Senior Jamel Guyton scored a career-high 31 points to lead Louisiana Tech to a 74-66 win over Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Thursday at the Lawlor Events Center.
The Bulldogs (23-9) advanced to take on Utah State (26-5) in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament on Friday at 8 p.m. CT. The No. 1 seeded Aggies defeated No. 8 Boise State 84-60 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
"It was a hard fought win," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "We had a stop and score mentality."
In addition to Guyton's career-high in points, he added 11 rebounds, five offensive, for his second-career double-double. The senior from Odessa, Texas scored in every fashion possible; driving to the basket, 15-foot jumpers, free throws (6-for-6) and three-pointers (3-for-5). He also added two steals, a block and an assists.
"We have five offensive threats out there at all times," Guyton said. "Tonight was just my night."
Tech jetted out to a 17-4 lead six minutes into the game including a three-pointer, by leading scorer Kyle Gibson, his first points in four games. They led 24-13 before going nearly six minutes without a field goal during a 15-4 Fresno State run to tie the game at 28-28 at the 3:14 mark. Tech never gave up the lead and led 33-32 at halftime.
LA Tech shot 38.5 percent (10-26) from the field and 33.3 percent (3-9) from three-point range. Fresno State shot 35.1 percent (13-37) from the field and 16.7 percent (2-12) from beyond the arc.
In the second half, Tech trailed for the first time 48-46 with 11:34 remaining the game. However, that was only time Tech trailed all afternoon as they went on an 8-0 run to lead regain the lead 54-48. The lead dwindled down to 67-64 with 1:25 left in the game, but Tech went seven-of-eight from the free throw line from that point to secure the win.
Both teams improved their shooting in the second half as Tech shot 51.9 percent from the field and FSU shot 50 percent. For the game Tech finished at 45.3 percent from the field (24-53) and FSU shot 40.7 percent (24-59).
Fresno State (15-18) was led by Paul George with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Louisiana Tech and Utah State split the season series 1-1, each team winning at home. Live webstreaming will be shown on wac.tv by logging on to www.wacsports.com.
The last team to beat the Aggies was Louisiana Tech back on Jan. 4. Since then, USU hasn't lost a game, winning 16 straight.