Tech Improves to 13-2, Hosts Utah State

Louisiana Tech improved to 13-2 and 1-0 in the WAC with a 77-71 win over Nevada. Utah State, picked to be #1 in the WAC this year, visits Monday night.

Utah State fell to 10-5 with a 55-52 loss to New Mexico State on Saturday. Tai Wesley led the Aggies with 14 points and 9 rebounds. The junior forward leads the Aggies with 14 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Tyler Newbold was 2 of 6 from three point range and finished with 12. No other Aggie scored more than 4 points.

Louisiana Tech had all five starters score in double figures, led by Jamel Guyton with 21. Kyle Gibson, the leading scorer in the WAC with 21.8 points per game, added 17 points. All five players average double figures this season.

Tech will look to improve to 14-2 and 2-0 in the WAC against Utah State. The Aggies will try to keep from falling to 0-2 in the league play.

Utah State plays a slow paced game while Louisiana Tech tries to play at a faster tempo. The two contrasting styles will come to a head on Monday night. The Aggies held NMSU to 55 points and were not able to secure the victory. The Bulldogs are averaging 88 points in their last two games.

A key for a Tech win could be defending Jared Quayle. The senior guard is the Aggies second leading scorer, but had just four points on Saturday. Tech will need to keep tabs on Quayle and Newbold on the perimeter.

Olu Ashaolu and Magnum Rolle have been playing well inside for Louisiana Tech Head Coach Kerry Rupp. Rupp will need big games out of both Rolle and Ashaolu in order to beat Utah State for the first time since February 24th, 2007.

Ashaolu was named WAC Player of the Week on Monday. The sophomore forward averaged 15.5 points and 16.5 rebounds last week.

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