Dec. 29, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Louisiana Tech outrebounded Houston 55-32 to win a high-paced game Tuesday night 99-94.
With Tech averaging 79 points per game and UH with 85, shots were put up quick and scored often. LA Tech (12-2) shot the ball 70 times (36-of-70, 51.4 percent), the most field-goal attempts of the season. Houston (7-4) was 36-of-82, (43.9 percent) the most shots taken by a Bulldog opponent this season.
Sophomore Olu Ashaolu recorded a double-double just 15 minutes into the game. He finished with 17 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season.
"That's two very good teams," said head coach Kerry Rupp. We knew going into the game that we had to have an inside presence and Olu was a beast on the boards. It was a good team effort. Great win for us."
The game opened up to a blistering pace as both teams wasted very little time getting off a quick shot. Tech jumped out to a 13-8 lead before a 14-5 run by the Cougars put them ahead 22-18.
Tech trailed until Kyle Gibson hit a layup to tie the game at 40-40 with 2:30 remaining in the half. LA Tech had the ball with six seconds left in the half and after a timeout by Rupp, the ball was put in the hands of Gibson. He swished a 30-footer at the buzzer as Tech went into halftime with a 47-46 lead.
The Bulldogs held UH's Aubrey Coleman to just six points in the half. Coleman leads the nation in scoring averaging 27.4 prior to the game. Tech had the lead despite 12 turnovers and the Cougars capitalizing by scoring 14 points off the mistakes.
Gibson scored on another lay-up to extend the lead to 89-83 with 3:50 left in the game. Rolle picked up many of the misses on the defensive and offensive end in the second half and hit two free throws to give Tech a 93-87 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
The Bulldogs had a four point lead with a minute remaining at 95-91. The two teams exchanged buckets and Tech never trailed after the first minute of the half to win 99-94.
LA Tech was 22-of-27 (81.5 percent) from the free throw line while UH was 10-16 (62.5 percent).
Tech finished the 2009 year with a record of 21-13.
The Bulldogs open Western Athletic Conference play at home on Saturday against Nevada at 7 p.m. They then host Utah State on Monday at 7 p.m.