Nov. 20, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior Kyle Gibson led all scorers with 27 points as Louisiana Tech never trailed and beat Miami (Ohio) 74-62 on Friday.
The Bulldogs' had a lead as big as 18 and had just eight turnovers as they improve to 2-0 on the season and face New Mexico on Saturday in the second game of the World Vision Classic.
Gibson was 3-of-6 from three point range and 12-12 from the free throw line. He was one point off his career-high of 28 set last season against San Jose State. Sophomore Olu Ashaolu had his second double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
"Olu did a great job and that was a big key for us," said Tech head coach Kerry Rupp. "We had 10 offensive boards and he had six of them."
Senior Jamel Guyton was 5-for-9 from three-point range, a career-high, as he finished with 15 points.
The Bulldogs got their first points of the game in style. Off of a Magnum Rolle steal, Gibson dished to Rolle as he finished with an alley-oop.
Tech's defense held Miami (0-3) scoreless for the first 3:25 and forced the RedHawks into four turnovers.
LA Tech used an 8-0 run including back-to-back Guyton three-pointers to build a 20-11 lead with 9:06 remaining in the half.
With 3:29 remaining, Guyton nailed another three to extend their run to 19-6 and their biggest lead of the half as they took a 31-17 advantage.
The Bulldogs withheld a late RedHawk run to go into the half with a 36-26 lead.
Gibson did most of his damage in the second half with 20 points coming in the latter period.
The RedHawks cut the Bulldogs 18 point lead in half with a 9-0 run including a three pointer from Kramer Soderberg and Julian Mavunga. Guyton and Mavunga hit successive three's after a time out as Tech led 66-57 with 2:45 to go in the game.
The Bulldogs led by just seven with under a minute remaining, but Gibson and junior DeAndre Brown hit free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
"Coach (Charlie) Coles did a great job and we had to match their intensity late in the second half," Rupp said.
Brown finished the game with 10 points and a team-high four assists. The Bulldogs were 8-18 from three-point range and hit 20-of-29 free throws. It is the second-consecutive year for LA Tech to start 2-0.
The Bulldogs' tip-off with the host school, New Mexico, is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT on Saturday.