Late Bucket Puts Bulldogs Past Boise State
Updated Jan 30, 2004 00:41:03
Two plays by junior guard Donell Allick in the final four seconds gave Louisiana Tech its second straight conference win of the season.
Allick's 16-foot fallaway jumper from the right side of the baseline was the difference Thursday as Louisiana Tech pulled off a 68-66 win over Boise State at the BSU Pavilion.
Tech now stands at 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the Western Athletic Conference while Boise State fell to 11-7 and 3-5.
The Bulldogs inbounded the ball with just under 35 seconds in the game, and held the ball until nine seconds were left. Allick found himself with an slight opening along the baseline and put the ball up and in the basket with four seconds remaining.
"It's amazing how close games are won," Tech coach Keith Richard said. "A kid making a play. We ran the time down and he had just enough room to make the fallaway jumper."
Allick stole the ensuing inbounds pass, securing the win for the Bulldogs.
"Donell made two plays in the final two seconds," Richard said. "This was his biggest game and I'm happy for him."
The win marked the first time this season have been able to win two straight conference games, with both wins coming on the road after Tech took a 75-61 win at SMU last Saturday.
Allick finished with 15 points while freshman forward Paul Millsap notched his 12th double-double of the season to lead the Bulldogs with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bulldogs started strong, with forward Wayne Powell opening scoring with a jumper plus free throw that put Tech up top 3-0 at the 18:04 mark of the first half.
Powell scored seven of Louisiana Tech's first 10 points to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 advantage, but Boise State countered with an 11-0 run that put the Broncos back in front with an 18-10 advantage with 10:10 left in the opening half.
Allick's three-point play on a jumper plus free throw tied the contest at 36-36 with :36.2 remaining in the first half. Allick's play allowed the Bulldogs to tie the game for the first time since things were knotted up at 10-10.
The Bulldogs were able to take a lead in to the locker room at the half as Millsap stole the ball from Boise State and was immediately fouled with four seconds left in the period. The foul was the seventh of the half on Boise State, giving Millsap a 1+1 opportunity. Millsap made good on both free throw attempts as the Bulldogs took a 38-36 lead at halftime.
Louisiana Tech's performance at the free throw line played a big difference in the contest. Tech connecting on 78.6 percent (11-of-14) free throws in the contest after coming into the game with a .645 free throw percentage.
Powell picked up his second double-double of the season for the Bulldogs with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Eric Woods added eight points, all in the first half.
Tech outrebounded the Broncos 28-26 in the game and his on 44.8 percent of its shots (26-of-58) while BSU hit on 46.2 percent (12-of-26) of its shots from the floor.
The two-game win streak for the Bulldogs is something Richard hopes his team can build on. Louisiana Tech won seven straight at one point last season.
"Maybe this is our little run, our push," Richard said. "To win two on the road in this league is very good for this team."
Louisiana Tech returns to WAC action on Saturday as the Bulldogs play an 8 p.m. contest at UTEP.
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