Updated Mar 5, 2004 22:41:58
Bulldogs Look For Strong Finish Against Golden Hurricane
Louisiana Tech closes out the 2003-04 regular season Saturday as the Bulldogs face Tulsa in a 2 p.m. contest Saturday at the Donald Reynolds Center.
Tech stands at 14-13 overall and 8-9 in the Western Athletic Conference while Tulsa is 8-19 and 4-13.
The Bulldogs can look to a couple of songs for inspiration against the Golden
Hurricane by "taking care of business" and "getting a bye with a little help from their Hawaiian friends."
Louisiana Tech will earn a first-round bye in next week's WAC tournament in Fresno, Cal., with a win over the Golden Hurricane and a Hawaii win over Fresno State on Saturday.
The final four finishers in the WAC will have to play on Tuesday while the top six teams receive a first-round bye and won't play until Thursday. Louisiana Tech stands in seventh place right now while Fresno State is sixth, but a Tech win and FSU loss means the Bulldogs will end up in sixth place and not play until Thursday.
"All we can do is try to take care of things on our end and see what happens," Tech coach Keith Richard said. "Hopefully we can maintain momentum after the win over Rice."
That 70-58 win at Rice last Thursday snapped a two-game losing skid for the Bulldogs and set up a chance for the first-round bye.
Junior guard Corey Dean has played a major role for the Bulldogs in recent games and poured in a career-high 25 points in the win over Rice. Dean has scored 20 or more points in Tech's last four games and set new career scoring highs in both of the last two contests.
Freshman forward Paul Millsap has recorded 17 double-doubles on the season and leads the Bulldogs with 15.3 points per game and is the No. 1 NCAA rebounder with 12.4 boards per contest.
Donell Allick is the only other Bulldog averaging double-digit scoring figures with 10.7 points per game and is adding 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest.
Jason Parker leads Tulsa with 17.2 ppg and is adding 3.6 rpg while Jarius Glenn leads the Golden Hurricane on the boards with 6.3 rpg and is scoring 12.3 ppg.
Anthony Price is the only other Tulsa player averaging double-digit scoring figures with 10.6 ppg.
The Golden Hurricane is coming off a 64-56 loss to SMU last Thursday and has dropped nine of its last ten contests.
Louisiana Tech leads Tulsa 4-3 in a series that began with a single game during the 1989-90 season. Tech has won two straight in the series and has outscored Tulsa 524-503, winning by an average score of 74.8 - 71.8.
Tech's starters did nearly all of the damage against Tulsa on Jan. 3 as the Bulldogs rolled to a 70-62 win in the WAC season opener for both teams at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Louisiana Tech's starting five accounted for 68 of the team's 70 total points in that game with Wayne Powell, Allick and Dean scoring 16 points each to lead the Bulldogs.
Millsap added 13 points and 14 points for his team-high seventh double-double of the season.
Tech held Tulsa to a 36.8 shooting percentage (21-57) in that first meeting of the season and managed to pick up the win even with the Golden Hurricane sinking nine 3-point shots on 20 attempts. The Bulldogs countered with five treys on 14 attempts.
Seneca Collins led Tulsa with 17 points in that contest while Glenn added 12 for the Golden Hurricane.
The Tech-Tulsa season finale will be carried live on KXKZ radio (FM 107.5) and
can be found on the internet at www.z1075.com.