Nevada Loses Conference Opener at La Tech

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RUSTON, La. (AP) - Jamel Guyton scored 21 points and Louisiana Tech defeated Nevada 77-71 in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night.

Guyton was 7 of 14 from the field for the Bulldogs (13-2), who shot 56 percent in the second half (14 of 25).

Louisiana Tech scored 40 points in the paint and 17 off of 17 Wolf Pack (8-6) turnovers.

Olu Ashaolu, No. 4 in the WAC with 9.4 rebounds per game, had 12 boards and 14 points for the Bulldogs.

The WAC's leading scorer (21.6 points per game), Kyle Gibson added 17 points, DeAndre Brown 12 and Magnum Rolle 11 for Louisiana Tech, which won its sixth straight.

Nevada was led by Luke Babbitt with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Dario Hunt tallied 11 rebounds for the Wolfpack, which outrebounded Louisiana Tech 43-36.

Armon Johnson chipped in 15 points for Nevada and Joey Shaw added 13.

NEVADA (8-6)
Fields 4-15 0-0 9, Shaw 4-8 2-2 13, Babbitt 8-19 7-7 24, Johnson
7-14 1-2 15, Hunt 3-5 1-3 7, Nyeko 0-0 0-0 0, Cukic 0-0 0-0 0,
Kraemer 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 27-67 11-14 71.

LOUISIANA TECH (13-2)
Guyton 7-14 6-7 21, Ashaolu 5-7 4-9 14, Brown 5-10 2-2 12, Rolle
5-8 1-4 11, K.Gibson 5-15 5-6 17, Redding 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 1-5
0-0 2, Bartlett 0-0 0-0 0, Oliverson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 18-28
77.

Halftime-Louisiana Tech 32-27. 3-Point Goals-Nevada 6-21 (Shaw
3-4, Babbitt 1-4, Fields 1-5, Kraemer 1-5, Johnson 0-3), Louisiana
Tech 3-13 (K.Gibson 2-5, Guyton 1-4, Jackson 0-2, Brown 0-2).
Fouled Out-Ashaolu, Babbitt, Hunt, Shaw. Rebounds-Nevada 43
(Babbitt 13), Louisiana Tech 36 (Ashaolu 12). Assists-Nevada 9
(Johnson 5), Louisiana Tech 9 (Brown 4). Total Fouls-Nevada 24,
Louisiana Tech 14. A-2,088. 46


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