Aggies Dominate Louisiana Tech 91-77

Hamidu RahmanThe Aggies picked up up an impressive victory on the road at Louisiana Tech 91-77 handing the Bulldogs their first home loss this season and in the process moved into a tie for first place in the league with Louisiana Tech and Utah State at the midway point of the conference season. The Aggies got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Hamidu Rahman and a huge lift off the bench as Gordo Castillo finished with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting including knocking down 5-of-6 three pointers and Trrone Watson scored seven points in nine minutes of play for the Aggies. Jahmar Young scored 19 points for the Aggies on 8-of-16 shooting.

The Aggies raced out to a 12-3 lead 4:39 into the game but a 14-7 run by the Bulldogs over the next four minutes cut the Aggies' lead to just two points at 19-17. Wendell McKines answered the run with a jumper to put the Aggies up by four at 21-17. The two teams would trade baskets as the Aggies led by just two at 25-23 after a layup by La. Tech's Magnum Rolle. The Aggies would lead by three at 30-27 after a three pointer from the Bulldogs' Kyle Gibson but Hamidu Rahman's tip-in with 7:02 left to play in the first half would spark a 12-4 run to give the Aggies an 11 point lead at 42-31. The Bulldogs would cut the lead back down to five at 43-38 with 2:01 left in the half and the Aggies would take a 48-43 lead into halftime as La. Tech's Kyle Gibson hit a three pointer with two seconds left to play in the first half.

Coming out of the halftime break the Aggies' lead was cut to two at 48-46 as DeAndre Brown hit a three pointer but the Aggies would answer with a 9-0 run to give them a 57-46 lead with 17:20 left to play. The Aggies would extend their lead to 13 points after a layup by Hamidu Rahman gave the Aggies a 67-54 lead with 14:18 left to play. The Aggies pushed their lead out to 19 points at 75-56 on a jumper from Jahmar Young with 11:04 left to play. The Bulldogs would cut the Aggie lead down to 10 points at 87-77 with 1:48 left to play but a pair of free throws from Wendell McKines gave the Aggies an 89-77 lead with 1:20 left to play. After a missed three pointer by Louisiana Tech, Jahmar Young was fouled and hit one of two free throws to give the Aggies a 90-77 lead with 1:07 left to play. The Bulldogs would miss three more three point attempts in the next 30 seconds and Wendell McKines was fouled with 34 seconds left and hit one of two attempts to give the Aggies a 91-77 lead which would be the final.

Louisiana Tech got 27 points from Magnum Rolle on 12-of-21 shooting. He also added 15 rebounds. Kyle Gibson scored 23 points and had five rebounds and six assists. The Aggie defense held Jamel Guyton to just three points on 1-of-10 shooting from the field. Guyton finished with five rebounds. Olu Ashaolu finished with eight points and nine rebounds. DeAndre Brown added 16 points and had three assists but four turnovers.

The Aggies finished the game shooting 53.6 percent from the field shooting 51.3 percent in the first half (20-of-39) and 56.7 percent in the second half (17-of-30). The Agies hit 9-of-21 threes (42.9 percent). The Bulldogs shot 40 percent for the game, 43.2 percent in the first half (16-of-37) and 36.8 percent in the second half (14-of-38). The Bulldogs hit 5-of-27 three point attempts. Each team finished with 42 rebounds. The Aggies forced 11 turnovers and committed just eight. The Aggie bench outscored the Bulldog bench 24-2.

With the victory the Aggies moved into a tie for first place with Louisiana Tech and Utah State at 6-2 in the league and for the moment hold tiebreakers over both with head-to-head victories over both the Bulldogs and the northern Aggies.