Bulldogs Looking For Stronger Effort Against Fresno State

Posted Feb 4, 2004 17:53:40

Bulldogs Looking For Stronger Effort Against Fresno State

Louisiana Tech looks for a strong start to the second half of its conference season Thursday as the Bulldogs play host to Fresno State at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Bulldogs are celebrating "Lincoln Parish Night" at the game. Junior guard Corey Dean hails from Ruston High School while freshman forward Paul Millsap is a product of Grambling High School.

Adults from Lincoln Parish with valid driver's licenses or identification card can purchase game tickets for $5 while children's and student tickets will be $3.

The game will also be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television.

Tech stands at 10-9 overall and 4-5 in league play midway through the Western

Athletic Conference season while the visiting Bulldogs of Fresno State come into the contest at 10-8 and 6-3.

Louisiana Tech has won two of its last three games and hopes to get back on a winning track after dropping a close 71-68 decision at UTEP last Saturday.

"This game is the start of the second round of conference play for us," Tech coach Keith Richard said. "There's no bigger game for us right now than this one."

Tech suffered its worst loss of the season on Jan. 10 at Fresno State as FSU downed the Bulldogs 61-40. Richard said his squad remembers that defeat and is determined to showcase a better effort this time against Fresno State.

"The first game we played against them was our worst offensive performance of the season, especially in the second half," Richard said. "Hopefully we'll see something better from our team this time."

Tech's 40-point scoring total in the first game at Fresno State was the lowest for the Bulldogs since Mississippi State downed the Bulldogs 78-38 on Dec. 7, 2002.

Fresno State led that earlier contest 31-29 at the half after connecting on 46.9 percent of its shots from the floor (12-of-27) while Louisiana Tech made good on 39 percent (13-of-33) of its field goal attempts before intermission.

FSU made a move four minutes into the second stanza of that game, stretching its lead to 44-35 with 13:33 remaining after hitting five of their first eight field goal attempts after intermission. The score was tied 35-35 with 16:00 remaining, but Tech managed only five points after that.

Tech freshman standout Paul Millsap, then ranked No. 1 in NCAA rebounds and No. 2 in NCAA field goal percentage, was slowed throughout the contest and spent much of the second half on the bench after being hit with his fourth foul with 12:33 left in the contest. Millsap had scored only two points and had seven rebounds at that point in the contest and added only one rebound before the final buzzer sounded.

Louisiana Tech had trouble finding the basket in the second half, finishing with a .340 shooting percentage after hitting on 5-of-20 shots after intermission.

Millsap leads the Bulldogs with 14.9 points per game and still leads the NCAA in rebounds with 12.2 per contest while ranking No. 8 in NCAA shooting percentage at .630 (109-173).

Junior guard Donell Allick is adding 13.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg for Tech while teammate Corey Dean is hitting for 11.3 ppg and 4.2 rpg.

Forward Wayne Powell is chipping in with 9.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg for Tech.

Fresno State was in the middle of a seven-game win streak the last time the two teams met, but FSU has lost three of its last four games and will be without the services of senior forwards Jonathan Woods and Renaldo Major. The pair were suspended indefinitely on Tuesday for violation of team policy. Woods had been averaging 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while Major had been average 10.7 ppg, the third-best total on the FSU squad.

Sophomore guard Terry Pettis leads FSU with 13.8 ppg while Shantay Leggans is adding 12.4 ppg and 5.5 assists per contest.

Louisiana Tech leads Fresno State 5-4 in a series which began during the 1983-84 season. Fresno State had won two straight, including a 61-60 decision in Ruston on Jan. 18 of last year, before the Bulldogs pulled off an 80-77 win in Fresno a little more than three weeks later. After defeating the Bulldogs 61-40 earlier this season in Fresno, FSU has now won two straight. The tight series has seen Tech outscore Fresno State 591-588 for an average win of 65.7 -65.3.

The game will be carried live on KXKZ radio (107.5-FM) with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (10-9, 4-5)

Pos. No. Name Yr. Ht/Wt Ppg. Rpg
G 1 Donell Allick Jr. 6-3/186 12.4 3.6
G 5 JueMichael Young Jr. 6-2/200 8.5 3.9
G 23 Corey Dean Jr. 6-3/197 11.3 4.2
F 4 Wayne Powell Jr. 6-8/260 9.8 5.9
F 24 Paul Millsap Fr. 6-7/225 14.9 12.2

COACH Keith Richard (UL-Monroe, 1982)
Tech Record: 101-63 (.616) -- 6th season

Fresno State Bulldogs (10-8, 6-3)
Pos. No. Name Yr. Ht/Wt Ppg. Rpg
G 13 Shantay Legans Sr. 5-10/165 12.6 2.4
G 23 Marcus West Jr. 6-5/200 9.8 3.5
G 03 Terry Pettis So. 6-2/190 13.8 2.6
F 33 Chris Adams Jr. 6-10/220 3.6 3.4
F 55 Mustafa Al-Sayyad Jr. 6-9/240 7.8 8.1

COACH Ray Lopes (Albertson College 1987)
Fresno State Record: 30-17 (.638) -- 2nd season





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