Scores

Final

Louisiana Tech 78

(18-15, 6-8 WAC)

Nevada 73

(26-6, 13-1 WAC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    11:30 PM ET, March 9, 2012

    Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

    1 2 T
    LT 42 3678
    NEV 39 3473

    Top Performers

    Louisiana Tech: T. Gaskins 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Nevada: M. Story 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Louisiana Tech 78, Nevada 73

    Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS -- Trevor Gaskins scored 15 of his 21 points during Louisiana Tech's hot-shooting first half, and the fifth-seeded Bulldogs held on late to stun regular season champion Nevada 78-73 on Friday night in the Western Athletic Conference semifinals.

    The Bulldogs (18-15) face second-seeded New Mexico State in Saturday's championship game. They became just the first No. 5 seed to reach the finals of the WAC tournament since Hawaii in 2001.

    Louisiana Tech hit its first seven 3-point attempts and sprinted to a 34-19 lead. The Bulldogs made eight 3s total in the first half and then missed all four attempts in the second half. But they hit five free throws in the final 39 seconds to hold off the Wolf Pack (26-6).

    Malik Story led Nevada with 21 points, but WAC player of the year Deonte Burton was harassed all night and finished with just five points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LT
    NEV
    Points 78 73
    FG Made-Attempted 26-49 (.531) 26-63 (.413)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-14 (.571) 9-23 (.391)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-22 (.818) 12-19 (.632)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 2

    2011-12 Season

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    Jan 28, 2012 NEV 65, @LT 63Recap
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