I-20 Champs

RUSTON -- The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were crowned the unofficial champions of I-20 basketball on Wednesday.

Tech put away a pesky ULM squad 69-57 in the opening game of a six-year series. Having already swept a home-and-home series with Grambling, the Bulldogs are a perfect 3-0 this season against their local rivals.

"It means a lot," Tech guard Kyle Gibson said. "Even though I'm not from around here, with the local schools, you run into the players at the mall and other places."

The win didn't come easily for the Bulldogs. They led by as much as 14 in the first half, but the Warhawks slowly chipped away at the lead.

Afam Nweke's 15-foot jump shot from the left wing with six minutes remaining in the game pulled ULM within one point of Tech, 52-51. But guard James Loe hit a jump shot from just beyond the free throw line on Tech's next trip down the floor, center Kenny Cooper split a pair of free throws, and forward Olu Ashaolu scored off a missed 3-point attempt, igniting a 17-6 Bulldogs run to close the game.

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