Bulldogs win bracketbuster 70-67

February 25, 2010

by Sarah Brown

Bracket or bust, and bracket bust they did.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeated the Northeastern Huskies last Saturday 70-67 in ESPN’s Bracketbuster game in front of over 4,440 fans in Boston’s Matthews Arena.

Junior guard DeAndre Brown scored a three-pointer that sealed the game for the Bulldogs, giving them the win over the Huskies.

Prior to the game, Northeastern had won 16 of their last 18 games.

The Huskies took a four-minute, 14-4 run that made the score 18-13 and 10 minutes in the half. Senior center Magnum Rolle’s dunk at the 6:10 mark gave the Bulldogs a lead, but the Huskies had a swift response with a 10-point run that left the Bulldogs trailing 38-37 at halftime.

In the second half with eight minutes on the clock, the Bulldogs started making a comeback as senior guard Kyle Gibson’s three-pointer gave the Bulldogs a one-point game.

In the final 22 seconds, Brown’s three-pointer from about 25 feet gave the Bulldogs the victory.

In Northeastern’s final possession, three shot attempts failed and the Bulldogs won their ESPN Bracketbuster game for the fifth season in a row.

Brown scored 18 points and led the Bulldogs to their most wins since the 2001-02 season where they were 22-10. Brown was 4-of-5 from the three-point range.

Tech had their best shooting performance in nine games as they shot 52.1 percent from the field that included a season high of 57.1 percent from the shooting range.

Head coach Kerry Rupp was very happy with the turnout of the game.

“I’m so proud of the way we fought,” he said. “When we were behind a few times, we came back against a good defensive team.”

Rupp said the national TV appearance allowed others to see Tech basketball.

“It was a great opportunity for us to get some exposure, confidence and experience,” he said. “Northeastern is a good team and they played really hard.”

The Bulldogs will face Boise State at 7 p.m. tonight at the Thomas Assembly Center, and play against Idaho in the home finale on Feb. 27.