Dawgs Use Big Comeback to Win 8th Straight

(AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Dean Hare)

Kyle Gibson scored 19 in the second half and led Louisiana Tech on a 19-2 run late in the game to beat Idaho 77-71.

Kyle Gibson scored 11 points in the decisive run and finished with 28. Louisiana Tech improves to 15-2 and 3-0 in the Western Athletic conference.

The game was tied at 36 at halftime. DeAndre Brown hadd eleven points at the half and Olu ashaolu had ten.

The game was tied at 44 with just under sixteen minutes to go before Idaho used a 12-4 run to go uo 56-48 with 11:12 to play.

Louisiana Tech forced seven turnovers over the next nine minutes to turn the eight point defecit into a nine point lead. DeAndre Brown started it off with two steals and layups and MAgnum Rolle followed with a dunk and a jumper. Kyle Gibson scored the next nine points, including two big three point baskets, and Rolle finished the run off with a putback with two minutes to go.

Steffan Johnson immediatly hit a three, but Kyle Gibson hit a reverse layup to push the lead back to eight with 1:27 to play.

Marc Hopson lead Idaho with 15 points in the first half and 24 for the game. Johnson was the only other Vandal in double figures with 13.

Brown finished with 19 points and 4 steals for the Bulldogs and Ashaolu added 12 points and 9 rebounds.

Louisiana Tech looks to move their winning streak to nine games when they face Boise State on Monday night. Boise State fell to 0-3 in WAC play after losing to NMSU 88-85 on Saturday.

Boise State, 9-7, trailed NMSU 81-74, but scored eleven straight to go up 85-81 with under two minutes to go. The Broncos wouldn't score again and NMSU closed the door.

Robert Arnold scored 25 and Ike okoye added 16 points and 8 rebounds for the Broncos. La'Shard Anderson added 14 points and 8 assists.

The 15-2 Bulldogs will start to get attention in the polls this week. It will be hard to crack the top 25 with several teams making a case to enter the polls. 14-3 Notre Dame beat #8 West Virginia, 13-3 Missouri beat #10 Kansas State, 13-3 UNLV beat #14 New Mexico, and 13-3 Mississippi State beat #16 Ole Miss.

Other teams with big wins include Vanderbilt (12-3) over Florida, Louisville (12-4) over St. Johns, Wichita State (15-2) over Creighton, Texas A&M (12-3) over Nebraska, Northern Iowa (15-1) over Illinois State, Baylor (13-1) over Oklahmoma, Oklahoma State (13-2) over Texas Tech, and Miami (15-1) over Wake Forest.

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