Posted Dec 1, 2003 18:03:07
Bulldogs Looking For First Road Win At Northern Iowa
Louisiana Tech looks to break the .500 mark Tuesday as the Bulldogs play a 7:05 p.m. contest at the University of Northern Iowa.
Tech stands at 1-1 on the season while Northern Iowa is 1-2.
Louisiana Tech turned in a positive season opening game on the road with a 69-63 loss at Alabama before winning its home opener 77-63 over Jackson State. Now the Bulldogs are looking to turn those positives into their first road win of the season.
"Winning on the road is always tough but that's the job we have in front of us," Tech coach Keith Richard said. "We've played two good games so far and now we're looking to make it three straight. It's still early in the season and to pick up that early winning record and momentum would be a big help for our young team."
Northern Iowa began the season with a home win over Chicago State before losing at home to Butler (56-54) and on the road at Iowa State (79-76).
Junior guard Donell Allick leads the Bulldogs with 16.5 points per game while
junior guard Corey Dean is adding 14.0 ppg for Tech.
Forward Paul Millsap, a true freshman out of Grambling, La., has quickly made an impact for the Bulldogs and is averaging 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and has Tech's only double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Jackson State.
Ben Jacobson leads Northern Iowa with 17.3 ppg and is adding 7.0 rebounds per
game while Matt Schneiderman is hitting for 15.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg.
David Gruber tops the Panthers on the boards with 8.7 rpg and is chipping in 11.3 ppg.
The two teams have only met once, last season in Ruston, La., with Northern Iowa using the perimeter to pick up the victory as the Panthers took a 76-71 win in an ESPN Bracket Buster game before a crowd of 2,962 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
UNI hit on 51.8 percent (29-of-56) of its shots from the floor and 45 percent (9-of-20) of its 3-point attempts as Northern Iowa stayed outside much of the game to avoid the bigger Bulldogs in the paint.
The Bulldogs started slow in that meeting, hitting on 38.2 percent (13-of-34) of their shots from the floor in the first half as Tech found itself down 38-32 at intermission. The Bulldogs hit on 51.6 percent of their second-half shots but couldn't slow down the hot-shooting Panthers.
Tech is shooting .460 from the floor this season and .351 from 3-point range, and the Bulldogs also hold a +5 rebounding margin over their two opponents so far.
"We just want to keep things going with another good game," Richard said. "We're a different team than the one that played Northern Iowa last season, and hopefully we'll be able to come away with the win."