Louisiana Tech runs past UTSA, 74-49
RUSTON, La. — Kannon Burrage scored 15 points, but Cordarius Johnson and Chris Anderson led a balanced scoring attack with 11 apiece and Louisiana Tech remained perfect in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play with a 74-49 victory against UTSA on Thursday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Raheem Appleby and Jaron Johnson added 10 points apiece for the Bulldogs, who extended their winning streak to 12 games and improved to 20-3 overall (11-0 WAC). The home team got 39 points off its bench and 11 different players scored.
LA Tech shot just 36.2 percent (25-of-69), including 28 percent (7-of-25) from behind the 3-point line, but it held the Roadrunners (5-17, 1-11 WAC) to 29.6 percent (16-of-54) from the floor, including 5-of-23 (21.7 percent) from downtown, forced 18 turnovers and turned 18 offensive rebounds into 10 second-chance points.
Michael Hale III joined Burrage, who led UTSA with seven rebounds, in double figures with 11 points, but the Roadrunners could not overcome a tough night shooting even at the free-throw line, where they were just 12-of-22 (54.5 percent).
The Bulldogs scored the game’s first nine points while using their full-court pressure defense to force the Birds into seven turnovers, two missed shots and a pair of missed free throws on their first 10 possessions.
UTSA finally got on the board with a free throw from Edrico McGregor at the 14:15 mark and broke through for its first field goal on a baseline jumper from Burrage 7:31 into the contest that made it 14-4.
LA Tech pushed the lead to as large as 17 when Cordarius Johnson knocked down a trey from the right wing at the 2:42 mark that made it 34-17. That was the last field goal for either team in a half that saw the Bulldogs shoot 30.6 percent (11-of-36) and the Roadrunners make just 20.8 percent (5-of-24) from the floor.
UTSA got to within 14 early in the second half after a layup by Jeromie Hill, who returned after missing the last six games with a knee injury, and a free throw by Larry Wilkins.
LA Tech responded with a 15-5 run that was capped by an Isaiah Massey dunk at the 12:09 mark. The Bulldogs eventually built the lead to as many as 28 in remaining perfect in 10 home games this season.
The Roadrunners will face UT Arlington (11-9, 6-5 WAC) at 7 p.m. on Saturday.