RUSTON, La. – A big first half run by Louisiana Tech created a hurdle too high for TSU climb as they claimed an 87-60 win Wednesday night.
The Tigers were down by only three (9-6) with 15:38 left in the first half but saw the deficit grow to 13-6 after four straight from Tech. A Karl Nicholas jumper cut the gap to 13-8 but the tide of the contest would turn over the next 7:16 as LA Tech went on an 18-5 run to increase its lead to 31-13. During that span, the Bulldogs shot 66 percent (8-of-12) from the field while TSU was only 2-for-9 with four turnovers. Tech would lead by as much as 21 late in the half until a John Walker III layup with 28 seconds left sent TSU into the locker room down 42-23.
TSU would get as close as 15 on three occasions within the first six-and-a-half minutes of the second half but Tech once again was hot from the field as they went 13-of-18 over the next nine minutes to pull away good after a 32-13 surge.
Walker III had TSU’s first double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nicholas added 13 points along with 10 from John Jones.
TSU is back in action Monday night at the University of Florida in Gainesville for a 5 p.m. tip-off.