Bulldogs Unable to Overcome Spartans

Junior Drew Washington
Junior Drew Washington

Feb. 16, 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After trailing by three at halftime, Louisiana Tech (4-20; 1-11 WAC) could not keep up with the San Jose State Spartans (11-13; 3-8 WAC) in the second half and lost 71-61 in the Events Center Saturday afternoon.

"We have to get offensive shots," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "It was a game where we dug ourselves into a hole and then came out fighting. We needed to get more stops on the defensive side of the ball. But, again, the effort was there."

Junior Drew Washington opened the scoring for the Bulldogs with a three-pointer at the 19:34 mark for a 3-0 lead. A stingy Bulldog defense led to two blocks from freshman Brandon Mims on the ensuing possession before San Jose State was finally able to cut the lead to 3-2. Freshman Orren Tims answered with 18:02 on the clock with a three of his own for a 6-2 lead.

After the Spartans answered with a 7-2 run, sophomore Kyle Gibson reclaimed the lead with a lay up with 14:08 on the clock for a 10-9 score.

San Jose State, however, would use a 14-5 run over the following six minutes to take a 27-13 lead. The deficit sparked the Bulldogs to answer with a 16-2 run to tie the ballgame 29-29 with 2:14 on the clock in the first half. The Spartans scored the final points of the first half to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room.

Sophomore Kyle Gibson played all 40 minutes this afternoon for the Bulldogs and finished with 25 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Junior JC Clark ended the day with 16 points for Tech. C.J. Webster scored 17 points for the Spartans.

The Bulldogs will return to action Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Thomas Assembly Center to take on the Samford Bulldogs in nonconference action at 7 p.m. The game will be heard live on KXKZ 107.5 FM.