Updated Jan 18, 2003 23:24:03
Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker to Fresno State, 61-60
RUSTON, La. - Fresno State came up with a steal after a mad scramble in the closing seconds and Jonathan Woods converted a three point play to shock Louisiana Tech, 61-60, on Saturday night at Thomas Assembly Center.
Louisiana Tech (5-7, 2-3 WAC) had taken a 60-58 on a Michael Wilder lay-up with :25 remaining in the contest.
On Fresno Stateís (13-3, 6-1 WAC) next possession Fresno State missed a pair of three pointers by Damon Jackson before Terry Pettis grabbed a rebound for Fresno State. Wayne Powell then stole the ball and tried to connect with
Michael Wilder streaking toward the basket but Renaldo Major intercepted the pass and found Woods under the basket for the winning points.
"The game came down to the last possession and we needed one stop and one rebound and we got it. I wish Wayne (Powell) would have held on to the ball and the game would have been over," Tech head coach Keith Richard said. "Itís not his fault we lost, he went to make a pass and they got a hand on it and scored."
Tech had trailed most of the second half before taking at 55-53 lead on a Wilder three pointer with 3:34 remaining in the game.
"Sometimes teams that are on a roll get those types of plays where balls bounce their way at the end and that is what happened," Richard added.
Tech built a 58-55 lead with 1:38 left in the game before Fresno State converted a three play on the other end to tie the game at 58-58 with :48 seconds left.
"The kids played hard and they had it right in their hands, but those things happen in college basketball," Richard said.
The game was a defensive struggle throughout as both teams shot 34.5% in the game. Fresno State won the rebounding battle, 49-36, over Tech including 21 offensive rebounds that led to 18 second chance points.
Tech came out of the gates early in the first half, building a 20-7 lead at the 16:34 mark in the first half.
Fresno State whittled away at the Tech lead and trailed just 30-26 at halftime.
Tech was led by Antonio Meeking with 24 points and seven rebounds. Lavelle Felton (14) and Wilder (13) also scored in double figures.
Jackson scored 16 for Fresno State while Woods added 14.
Tech returns to action on Thursday when the Bulldogs take on Tulsa at 7:00 p.m. on the road.