LA Tech falls to hot-shooting Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. – Louisiana Tech’s struggles on the defensive end resulted in a 92-65 loss to Wyoming on Saturday night inside Arena-Auditorium.
Aside from about a 10-minute stretch in the first half, LA Tech (6-3) was still able to keep up with the hot shooting of Wyoming (5-5). But that 10-minute stretch included a five-minute scoring drought by the Bulldogs that they could not recover from, putting an end to their five-game winning streak.
Trailing just 13-9 about seven minutes into the contest, the Cowboys ended up going on a 26-8 run to build a 39-17 lead with 3:46 to go in the first stanza.
After LA Tech scored just 17 points through the first 16 minutes, they poured in 48 points over the final 24 minutes (41 of which came in the second half). But, the Cowboys never cooled off. They ended up tying their season high with 14 made three-pointers on top of cashing in for 20 more points at the free throw line.
The ‘Dogs made 10 three-pointers of their own, and had only five less made field goals for the entire game. Four of those triples came from David Green who tied his career high with 21 points, this after missing the last five games due to an ankle injury.
LA Tech shot 43 percent from the field (24-56) and 37 percent from beyond the arc (10-27) while Wyoming shot 52 percent from the field (29-56) and 40 percent from downtown (14-35).
Cobe Williams was the only other Bulldog to score in double figures with 10. The Cowboys had four players net double-digit points, led by Brendan Wenzel and Noah Reynolds who each had 20.
Head coach Talvin Hester
“Ultimately, I thought Wyoming was tougher tonight. Usually what we hang our hat on is being the tougher team. Sometimes you just do not have it. We only made five less field goals than they did, but because of our inability to guard the ball, we fouled and sent them to the foul line. We have to do a lot better job of guarding the ball and rebounding.”
“David [Green] has been away from basketball for a couple of weeks now. That is a struggle getting back into the swing of things. He made the most of the opportunity he got. I was proud of him. I am just down that we did not play better as a team.”
With the 92-65 loss, Wyoming now leads the all-time series, 5-0.
LA Tech made 10 three-pointers. The Bulldogs have made at least nine threes in seven of their nine games (nine plus in each of the last five games).
The Bulldogs got 43 points from their bench, the second most this season (had 48 against Tennessee-Southern). They have now outscored the opposing team’s bench in eight of the nine games this season.
David Green tied his career high with 21 points. He had totaled just 10 points in three games this season (missed the last five games).
Jordan Crawford registered five assists. It is the fifth time this season he has recorded at least five (has 5+ in four of the last five games).
Cobe Williams tallied 10 points, reaching double-digits for the seventh time in eight games.
LA Tech is back inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14 against Stephen F. Austin. The “Red Out” game will tipoff at 6 p.m. CT and be nationally televised on ESPNU.
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