Bulldogs hungry for win against Spartans

January 13, 2011

by Sarah Brown, SPORTS EDITOR

After coming off a tough loss at home against Fresno State, the Bulldogs will move on as they prepare to host the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

Tech entered into conference play over the break, as they fell by 30 to Idaho.

They tacked on another loss after falling 63-59 at home against the Fresno State Bulldogs. 

Tech is hungry for a win against Hawaii. 

Thursday night’s match against the Bulldogs was a brutal loss, as senior guard DeAndre Brown – the Western Athletic Conference’s second-leading scorer, was held to just 16 points. He scored 10 in the first half. 

Head coach Kerry Rupp said his team did a superb effort in the last 10 minutes to salvage the game, but his team has to play both halves. 

“The last 10 minutes, we did a good job of speeding them up,” Rupp said. “We played with good energy and focus and really competed. We can’t get down by that much, we have to come out and play hard from the beginning.”

Rupp said his team must do better next game.

“We’re missing a lot of shots early, and we can’t get ourselves into a hole.”

Rupp plans on having his team committed to excellence every game, starting in practice.

“We’re going to have to be a team that commits to come in every day and work hard and work hard in practice,” he said.

Tech averaged 66.4 percent from the free-throw line prior to the game, but instead they shot a season-low 47.1 percent. Fresno State, on the other hand, shot 61.1 percent, although the Bulldogs were shooting an average of 59.3 percent before the game. 

Trailing 35-21 at the half, the Bulldogs outscored Fresno State 35-28 in the second half. 

Despite sophomore guard Brandon Gibson’s injury and sophomore forward Darius Redding’s absence, newcomers are obtaining valuable playtime.

“We’ve got to get in better shape because our young guys have to play a lot of minutes,” Rupp said. “What I like about them is that they didn’t quit; they kept playing. 

He said they have got to get better as the season goes along.

“We can’t drop our heads and feel sorry,” Rupp said. “We’ve got to work hard and continue to improve and get better.”

Though the Bulldogs will not let this loss get to them, Rupp said his team is holding their heads high as they press on to future games.

“We got to trust that if we work hard and everyone stays together, we’ll give ourselves an opportunity,” he said.

As the Bulldogs prepare to face off in future conference play, Rupp will ensure his team works hard, especially over the powerful Rainbow Warriors.

The Bulldogs will host Hawaii at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the TAC. 

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