Tech Loses Heartbreaker in Overtime to Samford

Feb. 23, 2008

RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech (4-21; 1-11 WAC) could not hang on in overtime Saturday night as Samford (13-14; 9-9 OVC) bested Tech by a final score of 73-70 in front of 1,240 fans in the Thomas Assembly Center.

"It was a hard-fought game tonight," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "The kids really battled tonight. I am pleased with the effort and the guys stepping up tonight. We gave up too much inside and that hurt us. I thought we put ourselves in position to win, but we couldn't get those stops we needed."

After falling behind by as many as 10 points in the first half, Tech's Bulldogs battled back to trail only 28-23 going into the halftime locker room. Freshman Orren Tims scored nine by himself in the first half to keep the Bulldogs in the game.

Tech would finally tied the game for the first time on a Tims lay-up with 16:06 left in the ballgame for a 34-34 score. It would be the first of 10 total ties throughout the night; all in the second half and overtime.

The Bulldogs would claim their first lead of the night nearly 10 minutes later with another basket from Tims for a 51-49 lead with 6:09 left in the game. Tech's largest lead of the night would be four points before Samford scored the last two buckets of regulation to force overtime with a 61-61 score.

Samford scored the first six points of overtime for a 67-61 lead with 2:55 left to play before Tech rallied back to take the lead with seven unanswered points for a 68-67 lead. Samford, however, would outscore Tech 6-2 for the remainder of the night to take home the 73-70 win.

"I give credit for the plays Samford was able to make," Rupp said. "But I was still proud of our guys for staying in the game."

Tims led all Tech scorers with 19 points, while sophomore Kyle Gibson finished with 15. Junior Drew Washington tallied 13 points, while junior James Loe added 10. Brian Friday led Samford with 20.

 

 

"Every game is important to us," Rupp said. "We have four games left before the WAC tournament, and we're trying to stay together as a team and keep getting better. We want to finish everything strong and keep playing hard. It's been a season where we've had to learn a lot of lessons and it's making us a better team."

Tech will return to action Thursday, Feb. 29, a 9 p.m. to take on Utah State on the road. The game will be heard live on KXKZ 107.5 FM and via the internet at www.z1075fm.com.

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