Louisiana Tech blistered the nets for a 63.6 shooting percentage as the Bulldogs took a 77-55 win over Tougaloo Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The win pushed Tech to 4-3 on the season while Tougaloo fell to 2-8.
Tech hit on 28-of-44 shots from the floor and 2-of-4 from 3-point range as the Bulldogs turned in their best shooting percentage of the season. Louisiana Tech's previous high was a .474 percentage from the floor in a 77-63 win over Jackson State on Nov. 25.
But there was good and bad for the Bulldogs against Tougaloo. The good was Tech's red-hot shooting, the bad was 24 turnovers as compared to Tougaloo's 13.
"We got a lot done that we really wanted to do in this game other than those turnovers," Tech coach Keith Richard said. "We're killing ourselves turning the ball over that much. It's a problem and it's unacceptable. Fortunately the turnovers didn't cost us this game, but they'll end up costing us a game if we don't value the ball better than we did tonight."
Junior guard Corey Dean hit on 9-of-14 shots and led the Bulldogs with 20 points while adding seven rebounds.
"I had been struggling the past couple of games with my shots, so it was good to get into a rhythm," Dean said. "I was glad the shots fell the way they did."
Dean said the Bulldogs were pleased to get the win and move above .500 but added the team realizes it still has some work ahead.
"I think we've built a little momentum, but we have to work on those turnovers," Dean said. "We're going to face a team in a few days (Alabama-Birmingham) that's really going to get after us, and we have to stop giving the ball up so much."
Freshman forward Paul Millsap picked up his tam-leading fourth double-double of the season for the Bulldogs with 17 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds along with four steals and a blocked shot.
Millsap helped the Bulldogs dominate the paint as Tech outrebounded Tougaloo 43-14 in the contest.
Tougaloo hit on 39.3 percent of its shots from the floor (22-of-56) with Dennis Holder turning in a 7-of-11 shooting performance to lead the visiting Bulldogs with 16 points.
"We're disappointed that we lost by this margin," Tougaloo coach James Turner said. "We're not that good, but we didn't do what we needed to do, which is execute and get good shots. When we were doing that, we were doing good. When we stopped doing that, it got away from us."
Tougaloo kept things tight for the opening 10 minutes before the Bulldogs finally stretched things out some, taking their first double-digit lead at 18-7 with 10:18 remaining before intermission. Tougaloo would slice Tech's lead to five at 21-16 three minutes, but that's as close as the visiting Bulldogs would get the rest of the way.
Louisiana Tech led 36-26 at the half, and Tougaloo made a slight run early on
after intermission, cutting the Tech advantage to six points at 40-34 at the 16:58 mark of the second half. But Tech's red-hot shooting allowed the Bulldogs to pull away from there as they maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Donell Allick added 13 points and eight rebounds in Tech's winning effort while Wayne Powell hit for 10 points while pulling down six rebounds.
The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday as Tech takes to the road to play a 7:30 p.m. at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.