LA Tech Falls to Portland State at Jim Thorpe Classic
Nov. 26, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team (2-2) fell to Portland State (3-2) 66-48 at the Jim Thorpe Classic in Laramie, Wyo. as freshman forward Michale Kyser (Lancaster, Texas) scored 10 points and blocked two shots.
“Our effort from the jump was tremendous as we guarded well, got rebounds and stops on the defensive end,” said head coach Michael White. “Then we missed some easy shots and Portland State got on a run.”.
After the Vikings tied the game at the 15:38 mark 6-6, Tech went on a 13-3 run over the next 9:48 as senior guard Trevor Gaskins (Alpharetta, Ga.) and sophomore guard Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) scored five and four points, respectively. During the run, the Bulldogs held the Vikings to 1-of-14 shooting from the field.
The first half ended with Tech down 23-20 after PS went on a 14-1 run over the final 7:02 of the period.
After cutting the Vikings lead to 33-31 on a jumper from freshman forward Isaiah Massey (McDonough, Ga.) with 15:13 left in the second half, PS went on an 11-0 run over the next 4:23 to take a 13 point advantage.
The Bulldogs would get as close as seven, 44-37, at the 9:20 mark after a layup from Kyser but Tech was unable to get shots to fall when needed.
Along with Kyser’s 10 points, junior forward J.L. Lewis (Gonzales, La.) added eight points for the Bulldogs.
“Michale put up great numbers in only 19 minutes of action,” White said. “He is as talented as any guy we have in the program and is developing into a player that will play over 30 minutes a game this season.”
Gaskins grabbed eight rebounds and senior forward Romario Souza (Mias Gerias, Brazil) and Johnson had six boards apiece.
Tech shoot 26 percent from the field (19-74) while the Vikings shot 37 percent (20-54).
On the boards, the Bulldogs grabbed 21 offensive rebounds compared to only nine by the Vikings.
Charles Odum scored a game-high 27 points for Portland State and Charles Tapscott had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
LA Tech finishes up the Jim Thorpe Classic Sunday night at 8 p.m. CT against host-school Wyoming.
The action can be heard on KXKZ 107.5 FM with Kyle Roberts calling the action and Twitter users can get updates by following sports information director Phillip Pongratz at www.twitter.com/LATechPPongratz. Fans can get updates of the contest at the Men’s Basketball GameDay Central page on LATechSports.com, the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics.