Louisiana Tech Improves to 9-2

Louisiana Tech defeated Murray State 87-81 to improve to 9-2 on the season. With four of their next five games at home, the Bulldogs have a chance to make some noise going into WAC play.

McNeese State comes to town on Saturday and Louisiana Tech stays at home on Tuesday to face Texas-Pan American. The Bulldogs have a good chance to be 11-2 when they travel to Houston on December 29th.

Houston will be a good chance to see where Tech stands after falling at Arizona earlier this month. The Bulldogs will find out exactly where they are when the top two teams in the WAC, Nevada and Utah State, arrive in Ruston to open WAC play in early January.

Against Murray State, Louisiana Tech trailed 41-38 at the half. The Bulldogs took control in the second half and led 78-68 with 1:09 to play after two free throws by Jamel Guyton.

Guyton broke out of a slump by hitting all four of his three point attempts to lead Tech with 21 points. Guyton missed only one field goal and one free throw in the game.

DeAndre Brown continued his stellar play in the month of December. The junior point guard finished with 19 points on 8-11 shooting. Brown scored 18 against Centenary, 13 against Arizona, and 16 against ULM recently. The 5'11" guard had six assists against both ULM and Northwestern State.

Magnum Rolle chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks against Murray State. Kyle Gibson scored 18 and continues to lead the Bulldogs in scoring average with 21.7 points per game.

All five Bulldog starters average double figures in points scored and Olu Ashaolu leads the team with 8.7 rebounds per game. Rolle averages 7.8 rebounds and 2.64 blocks per game. Brown, Gibson, and Guyton all have at least 30 assists on the season while Guyton and Gibson have combined for 52 total three point shots made.

David Jackson has one start to his credit and is only one of 6 Bulldogs to play in every game. Jackson averages 5.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game. Yonas Berhe, Darius Redding, Shawn Oliverson, and Anson Bartlett round out the Bulldogs 2nd unit. All four players have appeared in at least 8 games.

Louisiana Tech is 3-0 at home and will look to push that record to 5-0 with wins over McNeese State and Texas-Pan American. The Bulldogs beat Pan-Am 80-62 to open the season in Edinburg, TX.

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