Louisiana Tech Defeats Utah State 84-71

Louisiana Tech Defeats Utah State 84-71

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech had five players score in double-figures and shot 66.7 percent from the field to notch a 84-71 win against Utah State at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday night.

With the loss, Utah State falls to 20-9 on the year and 8-6 in the Western Athletic Conference, while Louisiana Tech improves to 10-18 overall and 7-8 in league play with the win. It is the third time this year that USU has lost back-to-back games on the road.

Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 27 points for Utah State, while Chris Session added 10 points and six rebounds.

Louisiana Tech was led by Drew Washington and Jerome Richardson who each had 14 points, while Chad McKenzie and Trey McDowell each had 13 points to go along with Terry Parker's 10 points.

Louisiana Tech turned a 13-point half-time lead into a 27-point advantage by starting the second-half on a 16-2 run. USU then answered with an 18-5 run over the next five minutes to get with 14, but the Bulldogs answered with four straight points to regain control. USU could never get closer than 11 points the remainder of the game en route to the 13-point loss.

Utah State held an early six-point lead in the game and led by five at 24-19 midway through the first-half before Louisiana Tech went on a 22-2 run over the next six-plus minutes to lead by 15 before going into the locker room with a 45-32 advantage.

In the first-half, Louisiana Tech shot a blistering 70.4 percent from the field (19-27) and 60.0 percent from three-point range, while Utah State shot just 40.0 percent from the field (10-25). USU did make five-of-nine three-pointers in the first-half (.556), but were out-rebounded 16-8.

In the game, Utah State shot 47.1 percent from three-point range (8-17), but made just 40.0 percent of its field goals overall. Along with making 66.7 percent of its shots from the field, Louisiana Tech converted nine-of-16 three-pointers (.563). Both teams made 15 free throws in the game, as USU attempted 20 and LTU attempted 32.

Next up for Utah State will be a home game against nationally ranked Nevada on Thur., Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game against the Wolf Pack will be televised live in the state of Utah on KJZZ-TV. USU will then conclude the regular season at home on Sat., Mar. 3 against Fresno State at 7 p.m.

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