Louisiana Tech vs Nevada

Louisiana Tech 78, Nevada 73

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - 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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Scoreboard
Louisiana Tech (18-15) «423678
Nevada (26-6)393473

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
R. Souza, C335-96-642216
T. Gaskins, G398-142-254321
R. Appleby, G325-76-800017
K. Smith, G323-63-45119
B. Gibson, G213-40-04348
C. Johnson171-30-02023
M. Kyser100-30-03040
K. McNeaill91-21-20314
J. Lewis70-10-02000
Totals 26-4918-2227131778
 53.1%81.8% 
Nevada Wolf Pack
D. Hunt, F403-115-8102411
O. Czyz, F317-144-680218
D. Burton, G382-100-02525
M. Story, G377-142-353421
J. Evans Jr., G314-81-243410
J. Burris91-20-01002
K. Panzer82-40-02106
P. Nyeko30-00-00000
K. Fuetsch20-00-00000
D. Elliott10-00-00000
Totals 26-6312-1937141673
 41.3%63.2% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.0-07-226
Marshall0-08-3155
Old Dominion0-08-359
La. Tech0-07-499
So. Miss0-07-4258
UAB0-07-4219
Western Ky.0-07-470
FAU0-06-4211
North Texas0-07-5187
UT-San Antonio0-07-5230
FIU0-05-6312
Charlotte0-03-6330
UTEP0-03-6199
Rice0-03-8272

Western Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
New Mex. St.0-09-285
Grand Canyon0-07-3206
Seattle0-08-5224
Utah Valley0-07-574
Cal-Baker.0-07-658
UT-Rio Grande Valley0-06-7277
UMKC0-03-9240
Chicago St.0-02-12298
 
Other games
UMass 77 Final
Temple 71
Iowa 75 Final
Mich St 92
MD 69 Final
NC 85
LSU 51 Final
Kentucky 60
Indiana 71 Final
Wisc 79
Alabama 63 Final
Florida 66
Minn 69 Final
Michigan 73
VT 56 Final
DUKE 60
Cincinnati 71 Final
Syracuse 68
Baylor 81 Final
Kansas 72
Purdue 71 Final
Ohio St 88
Colo St 69 Final
SDSU 79
Miami-FL 71 Final
Florida St 82
Louisville 64 Final
ND 50
Texas 67 Final
Missouri 81
N Mexico 72 Final
UNLV 67