Dec. 5, 2009
RUSTON, La. - Senior Kyle Gibson had a career-high 29 points to lead Louisiana Tech to a 98-70 win over Northwestern State on Saturday.
LA Tech never trailed in the game and led by as many as 34. The 98 points scored was the most by a Bulldog team since a 99-97 win at Nevada in 2003.
Tech improved to 7-1 and has won five-straight games, the longest win streak since winning five in the 2004-05 season. The Demons fell to 3-3.
Gibson was very efficient from the floor going 9-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from three-point range. It was the second time that that three Bulldogs have recorded 20 in a game this season. Sophomore Olu Ashaolu recorded his fifth double-double of the season with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Jamel Guyton also recorded a career high with 20 points and added five rebounds.
The Bulldogs jumped ahead from the beginning as they led 14-2 five minute into the game. Tech had 12 slam dunks in the game and of the first 14 points, 10 of those points were on dunks.
"I thought it was important to get after them in the first five minutes and our kids really responded," said head coach Kerry Rupp who is now 10-3 all-time against teams from the state of Louisiana.
Tech led 52-30 at the half.
In the second half, off of a Guyton steal and missed lay-up, Ashaolu grabbed the rebound and slammed home one of his six dunks on the night. That gave Tech a 62-35 lead four minutes into the period.
Freshman Darius Redding's dunk with 12:24 remaining gave LA Tech its biggest lead at 76-34. Redding had his best game as a Bulldog with 11 points, on 4-of-5 shooting, and five rebounds.
Junior DeAndre Brown scored six points and matched his season-high assist total with six to go with just one turnover.
"DeAndre only forced one shot tonight and only shot when he was open and in rhythm," Rupp said. "He really tried to get the ball inside and do the right thing. He did a great job of letting things come to him and I'm really proud of him for that."
The Bulldogs dominated in the paint 48-24 and recorded 20 points off of 13 Demon turnovers. The 11 three-pointers made, 36 field goals made and seven blocks were all season-highs for LA Tech.
Senior Magnum Rolle had eight rebounds, five offensive, to go with seven points and three blocks.
The Demons were led by Damon Jones' 20 points in NSU head coach Mike McConathy's return to Louisiana Tech. McConathy was an All-American for the Bulldogs in 1976.
LA Tech next plays at Arizona on Wednesday at 10 p.m. CT.