Posted Mar 1, 2007 20:12:12
Bulldogs Lose to Aggies on Road
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (10-19; 7-9 WAC) lost their final regular season game of the 2006-07 year by a final score of 79-64 to the New Mexico State Aggies (22-7; 11-5 WAC) in the Pan American Center Thursday night.
“We were trying to find offense all night,” Tech head coach Keith Richard said. “We were struggling against their zone. We gave up 79 points, but a lot of that was our inability to get some offense going.”
The Aggies got on the board first with a three-pointer, but sophomore Drew Washington answered with a three in return to tie the game 3-3 with 18:54 on the clock. Tech took its first lead of the game off a lay-up from senior Harry Disy for a 7-5 score with 16:18 to go in the first half.
New Mexico State answered with an 8-2 run over the next four minutes before senior Trey McDowell put the Bulldogs back on the scoreboard with a floater in the lane to cut the score to 13-11. Tech would retake the lead at 18-17 with a run of its own capped off by a three from senior Jerome Richardson at the 8:46 mark.
The Aggies, however, would outscore the Bulldogs 17-9 for the remainder of the half and took a 35-26 lead into the halftime locker room.
The Bulldogs would pull the game within five in the second half, but it would not be enough as New Mexico State took the win.
“Because of our offensive struggles, we never made New Mexico State feel threatened,” Richard said. “That allowed them to play loose. We’ll head back home and see what we can make better for the tournament next week.”
Richardson led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points and six rebounds. Senior Marcus Elliott and McDowell finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Senior Chad McKenzie finished the night with nine points and 10 rebounds. Ted Knauber and Justin Hawkins led the Aggies with 16 points apiece.