SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Chad McKenzie had 12 points and six
assists, leading first-place Louisiana Tech to a 75-55 win over San
Jose State on Thursday night.
Paul Milsap and Marcus Elliott added 10 points apiece for the
Bulldogs (13-7, 6-1 WAC), who won for just the third time in their
last seven road games.
Devonte Thomas had career-highs of 10 points and seven rebounds
for San Jose State (5-13, 1-4). The Spartans, who last week snapped
a 21-game conference road losing streak, have dropped 12 of 14
The game attracted eight scouts from seven NBA teams, all of
whom were in attendance to see Milsap, the nation's leading
rebounder. The 6-foot-8-inch, 245-pound junior forward, attempting
to become the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in
rebounding three straight years, had just six boards, his
second-fewest of the season.
San Jose State outrebounded Louisiana Tech 37-34 but couldn't
handle the Bulldogs' full-court press defense and struggled taking
care of the ball. The Spartans committed 17 turnovers and shot just
37.3 percent from the floor.
Louisiana Tech had its own offensive problems in the second half
and went scoreless for the first five minutes, allowing San Jose
State to trim a 20-point halftime deficit in half. McKenzie then
scored on back-to-back baskets -- including a 3-pointer with 12:11
remaining -- to put the Bulldogs back in control for good.
The win was Louisiana Tech's eighth in 10 games between the two
teams since 2001.
Louisiana Tech's press in the first half created all kinds of
problems for San Jose State, which committed four turnovers in its
own backcourt early in the game. The Bulldogs built an 18-11 lead
five minutes into the game then extended it to 37-25 on Trey
McDowell's 3-pointer and a fastbreak layup from Drew Washington.
Milsap, who went into the game averaging 12.3 rebounds a game,
had just three in the first half but scored eight points to pace
Louisiana Tech's offense. Michael Wilds and Corey Dean also had
eight points for the Bulldogs, who closed out the first half with a
16-3 run and led comfortably at halftime, 48-28.