Updated Jan 7, 2006 17:11:48
Bulldogs Stay in Idaho to Play Vandals Tomorrow
One day after Louisiana Tech junior forward Paul Millsap hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to beat Boise State in the Bulldogs' Western Athletic Conference opener, Tech will travel to Moscow, Idaho, to face the Vandals tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. (CST).
Millsap, the WAC's second-leading scorer with 20.7 points per game and king of rebounding with 11.7 boards per game, helped the Bulldogs remain perfect in WAC openers at 6-0 by chasing down a long rebound and sinking a desperation three-pointer to down the Broncos 75-72 in Taco Bell Arena last night.
The win boosted Tech's overall record to 8-6 for the season, and now the Bulldogs will play Idaho (3-8, 0-1 WAC) in the Kibbie Dome in hopes to start conference play 2-0 for the first time in three years.
The Bulldogs finished last season 14-15 overall and 9-9 in the WAC for a fourth-place tie, but Millsap and the Bulldogs hope to push for a conference title this season.
Their next obstacle, the Idaho Vandals, dropped their first conference match 62-52 to New Mexico State at home on Thursday night. Their three wins were all home games, coming to Southern Utah, Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State, but the Vandals are currently on a two-game losing skid by falling 48-81 to Portland State before New Mexico State.
Idaho is led by Tanoris Shepard, who leads the team with 14.8 points and 3.7 assists per game. The Vandals have the lowest scoring offense in the WAC at 61.5 points per game, and they are next to last in scoring defense by giving up 69.2 points per game.
Following Millsap in the scoring column for the Bulldogs is senior guard Corey Dean, who started his third-consecutive game and scored 10 points for Tech against Boise State. Dean is now averaging 8.8 points per game and is expected to get his fourth start of the season against Idaho.
Junior guard Marcus Elliott and senior forward Michael Wilds add 7.9 and 7.4 points per game, respectively, and senior point guard Daevon Haskins remains second in the WAC with 5.64 assists per game.
The contest can be heard on KXKZ-FM 107.5 and via the Internet at www.z1075fm.com with the pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m.