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Sunday, January 16, 2005
LOUISIANA TECH 61, HAWAII 59
Hawaii (10-3, 2-3 WAC)
Key -- fg: field goals made; fga: field goals attempted; ft: free throws made; fta: free throws attempted; min: minutes played; reb: rebounds; a: assists; tp: total points.
Halftime -- Hawaii 34, Louisiana Tech 32.
3-point goals -- Louisiana Tech 3-13 (Allick 2-5, Dean 1-3, Powell 0-5), Hawaii 8-25 (Sottos 6-12, Gibson 2-5, Tatum 0-1, Nash 0-2, Sensley 0-5). Personal fouls -- Louisiana Tech 9, Hawaii 11. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls--None.
Steals--Louisiana Tech 8 (Millsap 3, Haskins 2, Powell 2, Allick), Hawaii 7 (Gibson 4, Gipson, Sottos, Tatum). Blocked shots -- Louisiana Tech 5 (Millsap 5), Hawaii 6 (Botez 4, Gipson, Sensley). Turnovers -- Louisiana Tech 14 (Haskins 4, Dean 3, Allick 2, Millsap 2, Powell 2, Woods), Hawaii 13 (Sensley 5, Botez 2, Gibson 2, Gipson 2, Sottos, Tatum). Officials--Kaster, Apo, Barr. Attendance--7,706.
Corey Dean had done it before.
Paul Millsap is the go-to guy.
Donnell Allick had the hot hand.
Who could've figured Wayne Powell would make the game-winning shot for Louisiana Tech last night in its 61-59 basketball victory over Hawaii?
Actually, did anyone even think the Bulldogs would be in it at the end -- again, like they were last year when Dean made the game-winner?
No one else had beaten UH at the Stan Sheriff Center since. And the Bulldogs came into this game off a loss at San Jose State on Thursday.
LaTech coach Keith Richard seemed pleasantly surprised, and felt fortunate to be getting out of town with a last-shot win again.
"We need to play more games here," veteran Bulldogs radio man Dave Nitz said.
"No we don't," Richard said. "I don't want to push our luck."
Dean, last year's hero, drove to the basket and put up a wild shot that hit the top of the backboard. Powell grabbed the rebound, and put it in with 3.3 seconds left.
"That should make the Top 10 plays tonight, I hope," said Powell, who finished with 10 points.
Richard said he was pleased that his team stuck to a game plan that gave them a chance to be close at the end -- and that the Bulldogs milked the clock on the last possession.
And the rest was fate.
"Games are won and lost sometimes just because the ball ends up in somebody's hands," Richard said. "This time it just ended up in Wayne Powell's hands."
It was the fifth game in the last six meetings between UH and LaTech that was decided by four points or fewer.
"I don't know what it is when we play Hawaii," said Millsap, last year's NCAA rebounding champion, who finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds. "We just came out and played hard."
LaTech outrebounded Hawaii 36-29, despite playing the entire game in zone defenses.
"Playing man-to-man against the flex is hard. Coach decided to make them shoot," said Millsap, who played the last 7:35 with four fouls.
"If he fouled out, he fouled out," Richard said. "I didn't want to take him out and lose the game in the next 3 minutes."
Although Millsap didn't figure in the final play, his presence allowed LaTech to be in position to win.
"He's a great college player," UH coach Riley Wallace said. "He's got those long arms and he's relentless. If you don't body him and keep it on him he's going to find a little seam and get there and out-battle you. He's hungry."
Richard said he had his team play zone because he didn't like some of the man-to-man matchups, and also since the Bulldogs were battling fatigue on the tail end of the WAC's longest roadtrip.
The zone also allowed Richard to shorten his bench. He used only six players.
LaTech is 2-4 in the conference.
"The most important thing for us is (the win) keeps our team alive," Richard said. "The guys know it's a tremendous win."
Allick led LaTech with 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting.
"It was probably his best game as a Bulldog," Richard said.