Bulldogs Looking For More Offense


Updated Jan 14, 2005 04:18:33

Bulldogs Looking For More Offense

Games Notes

Louisiana Tech will be looking to jump start its offense Thursday as the Bulldogs face San Jose State in Western Athletic Conference action at the Event Center in San Jose, Cal.

Tech stands at 6-7 overall and 1-3 in the WAC while San Jose State is 3-9 and 0-3.

The Bulldogs have lost three straight games and have failed to reach the 60-point barrier in that trio of contests.

Tech stands ninth in WAC field goal percentage at .415 (305-735) as the Bulldogs have struggled to put the ball in the basket. That trend has been worse in WAC play as the Bulldogs have connected on only 33.9 percent (80-236) of their field goal attempts in WAC games.

The cold shooting hurt the 'Dogs in a 60-58 loss to Fresno State last game as Tech attempted a season-high 74 shots but only hit on a season-low 29.7 percent (22) of those shots.

"I told the team before that game to just don't worry about the shot and turn it loose," Tech coach Keith Richard said. "We'd been struggling shooting the ball and I figured it couldn't get any worse, but it did. The ball is going to start falling. We are not playing the way we're capable of playing offensively, and it's just one of those things we're going to have to fight our way out of."

San Jose has also struggled offensively and is the only team in the WAC behind Tech in shooting percentage as the Spartans have hit on 39.1 percent (252-645) of their shots and are averaging 57.2 points per game compared 65.1 ppg for the Bulldogs.

Sophomore forward Paul Millsap leads Louisiana Tech with 19.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game while junior guard Corey Dean is the only other Bulldog scoring in double digits with 10.3 ppg.

Junior guard Donell Allick is adding 9.5 ppg for Tech while senior forward Wayne Powell also plays a vital role for the 'Dogs and is averaging 9.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg.

Daevon Haskins is adding 6.5 ppg as Tech's point guard and ranks second in WAC steals with 1.85 per game and third in WAC assists with 5.46 per contest.

Forward Marquin Chandler leads San Jose State with 19.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Alex Elam is adding 10.8 ppg for the Spartans.

"This is a big road trip because we really need to pick ourselves up offensively and turn things around," Richard said. "The thing is, effort hasn't been the problem because this team has been working and playing hard. We just need to have the ball bounce our way a time or two to break out of this and pick up a win."

The last time Tech and SJSU met came as Tech picked up its first WAC tournament win last season as the Bulldogs hit on only 38.1 percent of their shots from the floor (16-of-42) but still held off a San Jose State rally to defeat the Spartans 57-51

Louisiana Tech leads San Jose State 6-1 in a series that began with a pair of Western Athletic Conference wins by the Bulldogs during the 2001-02 season. Louisiana Tech has outscored San Jose State 483-410 and has won by an average score of 69.0 - 58.6.

The Tech-SJSU game will air live on KXKZ-FM 107.5 with the pregame show following the postgame show of the Lady Techsters-San Jose State women's game in Ruston, La.