Dec. 12, 2009
SHREVEPORT, La. - Down 22 points in the second half, Louisiana Tech came back to win by six, 102-96 in double overtime at Centenary on Saturday.
"We knew it was going to be a fight," said head coach Kerry Rupp. "I think we wore them down defensively towards the end. It was a great win for us. We never gave up. We just kept fighting. We needed everybody to contribute and we got that tonight"
Senior Kyle Gibson scored a game-high 28 points despite not scoring in the first half. Thirty three-pointers were made in the game, 10 by LA Tech and 20 by Centenary. The Gents were 20-of-29 (69 percent).
Senior Magnum Rolle recorded his third double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Junior DeAndre Brown scored a career-high 18 points and senior Jamel Guyton (15 points) and sophomore Olu Ashaolu (10 points) joined the Bulldogs in double figures.
Tech (8-2) got out to a 9-4 lead, but Centenary (4-5) scored 13 unanswered points to go ahead 17-9. The Gents kept the lead throughout the half by hitting 10-of-12 three-point shots. Four of Centenary's last five field goals made of the half was from beyond the arc.
The Gents Pedro Maciel came off the bench on fire as he was 4-for-6 from the field and 3-for-3 from three-point range for 11 points in the half.
The three's continued to rain down for the Gents as they hit their first four attempts to take a 62-40 lead just four minutes into the half. From the moment, Tech went on an 11-1 run to trim the Gents lead to 63-51 with 11:55 remaining. In that span, Gibson scored seven points, including his first of the game.
The Gents finally started missing three-pointers and the Bulldogs continued to hit. Gibson made a three-pointer to trim the deficit to 73-68 with five minutes to go.
With one minute remaining, sophomore Anson Bartlett stole the ball and converted on the fast-break layup to give Tech its first lead since 9-7 at 80-78. After a five-second call on an inbounds pass on LA Tech, the Gents converted on an inbounds play to tie the game 80-80 with 29 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs failed to get off a shot and Rolle blocked an attempt by Centenary to send the game to overtime.
The scoring was slim in the extra period. Brown scored the first five points for the Bulldogs, but the Gents scored six to take an 86-85 lead with a minute remaining. After a Centenary free-throw, Gibson drove the lane for two to tie the game, 87-87 with 21 seconds remaining.
Great Bulldog defense prevented the Gents from ever getting a shot off and sent the game to double overtime.
In the period, Gibson drove the lane and converted on a three-point play to give Tech a 96-94 lead with two minutes to go. Ashaolu then hit one-of-two free throws to increase the lead to 97-94 with a minute remaining. Gibson made two free throws before the Gents made a lay-up to make the score 99-96 with 13 seconds remaining.
As had been the case in tight games this season, Gibson continued to sink his free throws as he hit two more and Ashaolu added another to make the final 102-96.
David Perez and Daman Starring led five Gents in double figures with 19 points each.
It was LA Tech's first overtime game since Nov. 18 last season and the first double-overtime game since Feb. 5, 2004 at Fresno State. The last time the Bulldogs scored 100 points was in 1998 against Texas-Pan American.
The Gents 20 three-pointers made is the second-most ever given up by a LA Tech team and one off the record of 21.
Senior David Jackson made his first start of the season. His last start came in almost exactly a year, on Dec. 15, 2008 at McNeese State.
The Bulldogs will next host three consecutive games starting with Murray State on Tuesday at 7 p.m.