Nov. 19, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team (1-1) fell 68-61 to future Western Athletic Conference foe UT-Arlington (2-0) Saturday night at Texas Hall as senior guard Trevor Gaskins (Alpharetta, Ga.) led the Bulldogs with a game-high 22 points.
"The guys fought and played hard tonight," said head coach Michael White. "This will be a game that we are going to learn a lot from when we look at the tape."
The Mavericks scored the first seven points of the game before a three-pointer by Gaskins at the 17:34 mark started a 12-1 Tech run. The Bulldogs jumped out to a nine-point advantage, 22-13, after sophomore Kenyon McNeail (Conway, Ark.) scored on a layup at the 8:10 mark of the first half after a steal.
UTA was able to battle back to within one, 27-26, before layups from freshmen Michale Kyser (Lancaster, Texas) and Kenneth Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla.) put Tech up 31-26. A layup from the Mavericks with three seconds left in the half cut the Bulldogs lead to 31-28 at intermission.
In the second half, Tech scored seven straight points behind two steals from junior forward J.L. Lewis (Gonzales, La.) after going down 32-31 two minutes into the period. Tech would go up by six at the 12:12 mark, 46-40, on a jumper from Gaskins before UTA went on a 19-4 run over the next 7:07.
After falling behind by seven, sophomore Lonnie Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) hit a three-pointer and Kyser tipped-in a missed Gaskins jumper to cut the deficit to 63-61 with 2:01 left in the game.
Tech was outshot 42-9 from the free throw line with 34 fouls called against the Bulldogs compared to 16 on the Mavericks.
Along with Gaskins 22 points, sophomore Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) also scored in double-figures with 11. Gaskins also paced the Bulldogs with seven rebounds as Kyser blocked five shots.
For UTA, Kevin Butler scored 17 points and Bo Ingram added 11 while Jordan Reves grabbed a game-high13 rebounds.
LA Tech returns to action on Friday at the Jim Thorpe Classic against Maryland Eastern Shore at 5:30 p.m.
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