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January 12, 2010Pop Up Photo Feature
BOISE, Idaho - For the ninth-straight time, Louisiana Tech came away with a win as they defeated Boise State 79-64 on Monday at Taco Bell Arena.
LA Tech surpassed last season's win total as they improved to 16-2 overall. They improved to 4-0 in the Western Athletic Conference for the first time in four years. Boise State fell to 9-8 overall and 0-4 in the WAC.
"Down the stretch we (coaches) told them, 'this is where good teams buckle down and win,'" head coach Kerry Rupp said. "I thought we did a terrific job down the stretch to get the win."
Senior Kyle Gibson, the WAC's leading scorer, had just one field goal and four points at the half before scoring 13 in the second half to finish with 17 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field and 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
"Kyle kept taking it to the basket and things didn't go his way, but other guys found a way," Rupp said. "It's a team game. We've got to have laser focus. It's not just about being on the same word or the same sentence. We've got to be on the same page."
Senior Magnum Rolle recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. Junior DeAndre Brown finished with an efficient 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and senior Jamel Guyton added 13 points.
Louisiana Tech turned a 16-12 deficit to a 27-18 lead on a 15-2 run over five minutes early in the game. However, back-to-back three's by the Broncos cut the Bulldog lead to 27-24 with 6:55 remaining in the half. Tech went into halftime with a 35-32 lead as all eight of the players that played in the first half scored at least a field goal.
After Gibson missed a three-pointer, Rolle leaped into the air, grabbed the ball and slammed it in to give the Bulldogs a 52-46 lead. Guyton grabbed a long rebound and on the fast break, pulled up for a three-pointer and sank it to give Tech a 64-53 lead with 8:40 remaining. It was his second-straight trey as he finished 3-for-5 for the game. The Bulldogs' largest lead was the final score as the winning streak is the program's longest in 25 years.
The Bulldogs shot 51.6 percent from the field (32-for-62) and held the Broncos to 38.2 percent shooting (26-for-68).
Robert Arnold led the Broncos with 18 points.
LA Tech returns home to face Fresno State on Thursday at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN Regional and on ESPN360.com.
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